Voting time in Ireland

AIDAN CRAWLEY

Garda Margaret Byrne (C), member of the Irish National Police Force, carries a ballot box with Magella Harkin (L) from a boat to the polling station on the Island of Innishfree, where two people voted, off the Coast of Donegal in Ireland, 25 February 2016. Over two thousand people live on islands off the coast of Ireland who vote early in the Irish General Election. The rest of the country go to the polls on 26 February 2016.

The Irish parliament (Dáil) has reduced in size and it will be comprised by 157 MPs, meaning any new government needs the support of nearly 80 elected members


Polling stations opened in Ireland at 07:00 local time (same as GMT) and close to 3.3 million Irish citizens are eligible to vote for the next Irish government.

The new Irish parliament (Dáil) is reduced in size as it will be comprised by 157 MPs, meaning any new government needs the support of nearly 80 elected members. In the previous elections Dáil had 165 seats.

According to the polls many Irish citizens turned away from the mainstream parties to smaller factions. On 22 February, an op...


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