Voters urged to check the register

Fine Gael Councillor Gordon Hughes, has urged people in Leitrim to make sure that they are registered to vote in the Children’s Referendum on Saturday, November 10.

Fine Gael Councillor Gordon Hughes, has urged people in Leitrim to make sure that they are registered to vote in the Children’s Referendum on Saturday, November 10.

If you are not registered to vote, you have until October 23 to add you name to the Supplementary Register.

“This will be one of the most important referendums in the history of the State, and I am urging everyone in Leitrim to make sure they will be able to make their voice heard,” he stated.

“Having the Children’s Referendum on a Saturday will make it easier for lots of groups – such as students and those working irregular hours – to cast their ballot. I’m also encouraging families to make the most of Saturday polling and make sure everyone in your home who is entitled to vote does so.

“You can check if you are on the register through Leitrim County Council or on www.checktheregister.ie. You can also pick up or download an application form for the Supplementary Register from the same sources.

“It’s a good idea to bring some ID when you go to get your form signed in the presence of a member of the Gardaí.

“This Referendum is almost 20 years in waiting; after 17 reports on child protection failings now is your chance to make a difference to how children are treated in Ireland.

Cllr Hughes added, “I believe we all have an opportunity on Saturday November 10, to make a statement about ourselves as a nation, to show we have learnt from past failings, and to recognise children in their own right to ensure their protection and safety. And I’m urging every voter across Leitrim to play their part and get to a ballot box on November 10.”