TANGIBLE AIR OF ANGER AS VOTERS COME OUT IN FORCE
As polling day dawned in The Avondhu region it was clear from the outset that this election was going to be out of the ordinary.
At the town hall in Mitchelstown there were queues forming with the polling officers reporting a turnout of almost 20% at 11am. One official remarked that there were people waiting at 7am that morning to vote.
SHOWING HIS DISGUST
The mood was one of anticipation as most of the voters were determined to, as one lady said, “show that shower what we think of them and the state they left the country in.”
Another voter Jack O’Brien (22) told The Avondhu that he was leaving for Australia soon but wanted to vote to show his disgust at the Government.
“There is nothing here for me, I graduated from college last September and I hate having to leave but thanks to the Government I have no choice but to go,” Jack said.
NOTHING AT ALL WRONG
There was also a brisk turnout in Kilfinane where just over 21% of the electorate had turned out by noon on election day.
However, one gentleman who did not wish to be identified told The Avondhu that he placed the blame for the country’s woes squarely on the shoulders of what he described as ‘foreigners and media types’.
“Fianna Fail did nothing wrong, nothing at all, they did their best for the country. It was foreigners and you lot in the media that have caused all the problems.”
HAVING THEIR SAY
Meanwhile, in Ballylanders there was also a steady flow of voters making their way to and from the polling station. With a turnout of 19% at 12.45pm the polling station officials were preparing for the expected lunchtime rush.
“The number of people voting is definitely up on any other election be it local, referendum, European or general election that I have been involved in over the years. I think people are determined to have their say this time,” one official told The Avondhu.
The polling station in Galbally community hall was busy at 1.15pm with a turnout of just over 20%. Polling had been steady all morning but the officials were predicting a busy time later on in the evening.
“We had three people waiting for the polling station to open at 7am this morning and since then there has been a steady flow of people. We expect to see a lot more before the polls close at 10pm tonight,” official Breda O’Gorman said.
Thursday 3rd March 5:39pm