Polling stations opened at 7 o'clock in the morning and will be open until 22:00 tonight. By the time of…
Polling stations opened at 7 o’clock in the morning and will be open until 22:00 tonight.
By the time of the morning, the dividend rate from all over the country was in low teens.
But overall, the figures so far indicate that a turnout customer can be compared to the latest 2011 presidential election.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina were among the first voters who arrived at their local polling station in Phoenix Park this morning.
He handed over his passport to formally identify to returning officials at St Mary’s Hospital – built by the British in 1769 as the royal hibernian military school and currently used as a nursing home.
Michael D then hit his passport back into an inner pocket of his dark three-piece suit before he took his ballot papers to the presidential election and to the referendum’s referendum.
He asked if they had “some” to vote in the morning and the answers to the ward men, “some”.
Sabina was the first to vote while Michael D gave a smile as he popped his voices in the box.
Then the couple went to the greeting of staff at St Mary’s Hospital.
“President, good luck today,” someone told him.
“You’re so beautiful to come out,” said Sabina.
“There is our president,” says Anthony Errity, a physiotherapist and occupational therapist at the hospital.
“I hope he’ll be back – he’s a gentleman,” he said afterwards.
He was there with chief guards Danny McCarthy who said that he always came and watched the President’s vote and had also been a guest at two state receptions, with presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, when he represented Ireland in paralympics for length and soccer .
Shortly later, presidential candidate Joan Freeman went to throw her own voice, with husband Paddy, her daughters, Marie, Aislinne, Siobhan and her grandson Saoirse and Grace for moral support.
In a pink tweed suit, there was a applause when she arrived at the sculpture center at Scoil Mhuire at Airlie Heights in Lucan, Dublin.
Return officials Brian Dempsey said that the polling station always had a dividend that was consistently higher than the national average and that the dividend this morning had remained.
“It will be an increase in the evening when people finish the job,” he said.
Joan said she would celebrate with her family, regardless of the outcome.
“It’s in God’s hands what’s happening now” “she said.” Thank you to all the people who have rotten for me. “
Question if the process had been a learning curve, she said:” Absolutely. It made me realize that there are times when you have to dig deep and there are times when you may be scared and when I think about it from now on I think of the people who were very afraid. “” And just to give them the message you can get through it regardless, “she admitted.
She said she did not regret it and said:” There are only 22 people on the ballot papers for the presidential election. Being one of these people is once again a privilege in itself, “she said.
Tomorrow she plans to join her family regardless of the outcome:” Because we have already won in so many ways. “