County follows national trend in President vote
FROM AN early stage on Saturday morning, it seemed clear that County Wexford was not going to stray too far from the national trend when it came to voting in the Presidential Election.
Turnout to the polling stations on Friday was low across the board, with the usual evening rush not happening to the same extent as it had in previous referenda or elections. There were reports, in some constituencies, of people not realising that there was a referendum (on blasphemy) taking place that day.
In Murrintown Community Centre, the voting coincided with the annual Opera Festival art exhibition and some voters were perplexed by the number of cars parked outside, wondering if their polling station was going to buck what was well reported as a national trend by that stage of the day!
The final turnout in Wexford was 44.05%, with 55.47% of those votes going to the incumbent Michael D Higgins, who enjoyed particular dominance in the Wexford town area.
As was the case across the country, Dragon’s Den judge and businessman Peter Casey polled strongly taking 24.26% of the vote. He polled very well in Enniscorthy, New Ross and many other rural areas, with his controversial comments
Sinn Féin councillor Johnny Mythen tots up the tally.