Updated: 24/05/18 : 06:13:58
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Islanders to cast 8th Amendment votes today

Voters on a number of islands off the west coast will cast their ballots in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution today.

Ballots will be cast on a total of twelve islands, with polling stations opening at different times during the day.

Residents on islands off Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway go to the polls a day ahead of the rest of the country, to allow for all eventualities in getting their votes to count centres in time.

In the northwest, 743 residents are registered to vote on five islands off Donegal.

In the Mayo constituency, voters on Clare Island, Innishturk and Innishbiggle will cast their ballots, while in Galway West, 1,200 islanders are eligible to have their say in the referendum today.

Voting times vary according to the numbers registered to vote. On the Aran Islands and on Inishbofin in Co Galway, polls are open from 7am until 10pm.

The four-strong electorate of Inishfree in Donegal have a tighter schedule, with the island's polling station open from noon until 2pm.