County fol­lows na­tional trend in Pres­i­dent vote

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

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.

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