Diamond ring found after woman lost it while casting her ballot
Vote counters in Wicklow were watching out for a diamond ring today that a woman lost while casting her ballot.
A locked ballot box from the Arklow area was hoped to contain the missing ring. But election rules did not allow boxes to be opened until it is time for the votes to be counted.
It was believed the ring dislodged from the woman's finger as she popped her ballot into a box in Arklow last night.
By 12.45pm today, the ring had been found.
The diamond and silver ring that fell into a locked ballot box was found by vote counters in Wicklow today.
The sparkling ring was recovered from a stack of ballot papers when a box from Saint Joseph's National School polling station in Templerainey in Arklow was emptied onto a counting table.
Jacqueline Donnery (32), presiding officer at the polling station, was keeping a hopeful eye on the box as it was opened at the Greystones count centre.
"The woman was voting with her husband when the ring came off her finger as she put her ballot into the box," said Ms Donnery.
A brief attempt to retrieve the ring with a ruler failed and the woman was told she would have to wait for box to be officially opened at the count centre.
"I've got the woman's telephone number and I'm looking forward to telling her the good news," she said.
Her brother Paul Donnery (24) found the ring among the ballot papers moments after the box was opened.