Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne has called on Meath County Council to ensure a dedicated polling station is opened in Starinagh for future elections and referenda.

Senator Byrne, who is the Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Meath East, has written to Meath County Council to highlight that the Teach Raithneach Heritage and Cultural Centre is an ideal polling station for local residents.

“There is a growing sentiment amongst people in Starinagh that they need their own dedicated polling station for elections and referenda. This is necessary to facilitate voter participation and ensure that everyone who wants to vote gets the opportunity to do so” said Senator Byrne.

“As it currently stands the residents of Starinagh have to drive through Collon before they get to Rathkenny where they are registered to vote. This is a major inconvenience for many people, particularly those that lack the necessary transport to get to their polling station. Accordingly the lack of a polling station in Starinagh is depriving some people of the opportunity to vote in important elections and referenda.

“Following consultation with members of the local community in Starinagh, I have written to Meath County Council to officially request that a polling station be made available in the locality. The Teach Raithneach Heritage and Cultural Centre is an ideal location for such a centre and has ample space to facilitate a polling station.

“Meath County Council is currently conducting a review of its Polling Scheme and is accepting submissions from the public. I encourage members of the local community in Starinagh to write to the council and support the effort to get a polling station based locally for all future elections and referenda.”