People urged to register to vote ahead of local elections

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The people of Galway are being urged to make certain that they are registered to vote ahead of the upcoming local elections.

Local elections for Galway city and county councils, as well as European elections, will take place this May and the final deadline to register to vote is a week out.

Liam Boyle, the Labour candidate in Galway City East, said that many people might not be aware that they are even eligible to vote.

“Many residents, particularly non-nationals, are unaware that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming local elections.”

“All residents, whatever their citizenship, are eligible to vote in local elections, while citizens of any EU member state are also eligible to vote in the European Parliament election on the same day.”

In order to register to vote people need form RFA2, which is available from libraries, post offices, council offices, and Garda stations.

The completed form should be witnessed at a local Garda station, then sent to arrive at City or County Hall by May 7.

This will enable people to be added to the Supplementary Register of voters.

The form RFA2 can also be downloaded from the Galway City Council website (

For those already on the register, but whose details are incorrect, form RFA1 can be used to correct their entry. Those who have moved address can use from RFA3.

“Local government is an important part of our democracy,” notes Boyle. “I urge all residents to ensure they are registered to vote, and to exercise their right on 24th May.”