#GE16: Parties in final efforts to grab votes

Politicians held their last media events ahead of a broadcast moratorium

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(LtoR) Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin and Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton | Image: RTE

Voting is taking place on the islands off the west and north west coasts today.

2,133 people in Donegal, Mayo and Galway will cast their ballot on our islands.

It comes ahead of voting on the mainland tomorrow.

Voting takes place on the island's earlier than on the mainland to make sure that the ballot boxes are back in time for the election count on Saturday.

Meanwhile, all the parties and candidates have made their final push for votes, ahead of a broadcast moratorium that came into effect at 2.00pm.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have appealed to voters to send a clear signal when they cast their ballots tomorrow.

Enda Kenny and Joan Burton have held a joint media opportunity on the campaign trail.

The Taoiseach says he hopes people will allow Fine Gael and Labour to continue in government.

Tánaiste Joan Burton says Labour and Fine Gael have worked well together over five turbulent but transformative years.

While the leader of Fianna Fáil says he too believes a coalition with Fine Gael would be a disaster for the country.

Micheal Martin was reacting to comments in the Irish Independent by Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who said such an arrangement would not work.

Me Martin made his remarks in Cork city on the final day of canvassing in the election.

He said a vote for Fine Gael will only be for the rich, whereas one for Fianna Fáil will benefit all.

Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams wants voters to support his party and lead what he calls 'another rising'.

He says a coalition involving any of the other three big parties will only see worsening problems in housing and health.

First-time voters

Equality and human rights groups are also urging people to use their vote tomorrow to have a say in Ireland's future.

In particular, they are appealing to young people, women and new citizens - who are under-represented in Irish politics - to come out and vote.

More than 60,000 first-time voters came out for the Marriage Equality referendum.

Former co-director of Yes Equality, Grainne Healy, says they do not expect quite the same level of engagement in this election - but the referendum has boosted the youth vote.

And the CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Brian Killoran, says the general election is an opportunity for new Irish citizens to get involved in the political process.

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