Voting delayed on two Donegal islands due to chopper fault
VOTING has been delayed on two Co Donegal islands today after a Defence Forces Air Corps helicopter carrying ballot boxes was forced to return to base due to technical difficulties.
The chopper left Baldonell at 7am today on its journey to Tory Island and Inishboffin, both off the west coast of Donegal.
But the Augusta Westland 139 experienced technical difficulties and returned to Baldonnell, said an Army spokesman.
“The helicopter returned to base and a second helicopter is due to arrive on the islands shortly. The first crew returned to Baldonnell as a precaution,” said the spokesman.
Voting had been due to start on the two islands at 11am, ending at 3pm.
It will now take place between 12.30pm and 4.30pm
A total of 2,131 people are registered to vote on 12 islands.
In Donegal 753 people are entitled to vote, 514 of them on Arranmore where ballot boxes were delivered by ferry at dawn. Two polling stations there are due to close at 7.30pm.