Donegal’s islanders will cast their ballots in abortion referendum today

Campaigning in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is entering its final day.

Polling stations in most of the country will open at 7am tomorrow but voters on a number of islands off the northwest and west coast will cast their ballots today.

Ballots will be cast on a total of 12 islands, with polling stations opening at different times during the day.

Residents on islands off Co Donegal go to the polls a day ahead of the rest of the country, to allow for all eventualities in getting their votes to count centres in time.

In the northwest, 743 residents are registered to vote on five islands off Donegal.

Voting times vary according to the numbers registered to vote. On Aranmore, Tory, Inishboffin and Gola Islands polls are open from 7am until 10pm.

While the four-strong electorate of Inishfree in Donegal have a tighter schedule, with the island’s polling station open from midday until 2pm.

More than 3.2 million people are registered to vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.