Early Kildare turnout low in Children’s Referendum

Voting has been slow across County Kildare this morning in the Children’s Referendum.

Voting has been slow across County Kildare this morning in the Children’s Referendum.

With the polls open for just over two hours, figures indicated that the electorate in Newbridge and Naas were turning out in slightly higher numbers to cast their votes than those in rural areas.

At around 11.20am this morning, 5% of voters had turned out in these two towns to vote in the referendum.

This compared to 4% in Clane and just 3% in Leixlip, Sallins, Monasterevin, Athy and Rathangan.

Polling stations across County Kildare opened at 9am this morning, and they will remain open until 10pm tonight.

Voters are being urged to bring identification with them to the polling booths.

The electorate is being asked to decide whether or not to insert a new article, Article 42A, into the constitution, which deals directly with the rights of children.

- Laura Coates