Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has welcomed today’s agreement by the cabinet for a money message for the Electoral (Amendment) (No 3) Bill 2018, which provides for same day voting on islands. The Bill was introduced to the Dáil by Éamon Ó Cuív TD.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “This is a major step forward for islanders and this Bill, on what has been a long road in achieving this basic right.

“At present the law provides for voting on the islands a number of days in advance of polling day. However, with improved transport infrastructure this provision has become unnecessary.

“It often resulted in a low turn out on the islands. Islanders, including fishermen, often work or study away during the week. As Friday polling day has become the norm this change will allow for islanders to come home to vote, as happens across rural Ireland on polling day.

“I would hope this Bill is given speedy consideration through Committee stage, Report Stage in the Dáil and through the Seanad. I look forward to working with all concerned to see its progression,” concluded Deputy Ó Cuív.