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Rathlin Island polling station reprieve welcomed

1 February, 2011


Ballycastle Sinn Féin representatives, Cllr Cara McShane and Kaleena Murphy have welcomed today’s announcement that Rathlin Island’s Polling Station will be reinstated on the Island.

Cllr Cara McShane said:

“This is great news for the people of Rathlin and to all who campaigned during this Consultation Proposal against the removal of the Polling Station from the island.  The Rathlin Development and Community Association and everyone on the island worked together to have their voices heard.

“We had serious concerns about this proposal, which is why Sinn Féin met with the Chief Electoral Officer during the consultation period and tabled a motion on the subject at Moyle Council.  We are relieved that common sense has prevailed and that the people of Rathlin will be entitled to exercise their democratic right to vote at the polling station on the island.”

Kaleena Murphy added:

“If this proposal had been implemented, the people on Rathlin would have had to travel to Ballycastle to vote, or alternatively apply for a postal/proxy vote.  This would have signalled a retrograde step at a time when the island is growing from strength to strength.   Indeed it would have been in contravention of the spirit of the Executive’s policy on the Island, which was recently launched by Regional Development Minister, Conor Murphy, and this was highlighted by the Minister in his response to this consultation.

“We always felt that it was a nonsense to take away the polling station service on Rathlin and we are glad that the proposal to remove it has now been over-turned.”ENDS

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