A STAGGERING 5,000 polling cards were sent to dead people as a result of an embarrassing blunder by Dublin City officials.
The error, which drew criticism from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, has left 35,000 voters without polling cards ahead of Friday's referendums.
A Labour TD last night said the council was guilty of a "major cock-up" after it emerged that some 5,000 polling cards were sent to homes belonging to dead people.
City staff have been working to contact all of those affected, particularly the families of the deceased city residents who received a polling card.
A spokesman said that the council apologised "unreservedly to the families and relatives for this error and for any upset it may have caused".
But the matter was brought up in the Dail yesterday as concern mounted as to how Ireland's largest local authority could be guilty of such a blunder.
It was discovered on Monday evening that around 28,000 people – who either changed their address or joined the electoral register for the first time – were affected by the blunder.
Thousands of others who received polling cards were advised to attend the wrong voting station. Electoral rules preclude the council from issuing new polling cards "three or fewer days before polling day".