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Island ballot: Eddie Joe McGee casts his vote in the General Election on Gola Island off the coast of Gweedore in Co Donegal, as Garda Tom McBride warms himself by the fire in the next room. Photo: Liam McBurney

Island ballot: Eddie Joe McGee casts his vote in the General Election on Gola Island off the coast of Gweedore in Co Donegal, as Garda Tom McBride warms himself by the fire in the next room. Photo: Liam McBurney

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Island ballot: Eddie Joe McGee casts his vote in the General Election on Gola Island off the coast of Gweedore in Co Donegal, as Garda Tom McBride warms himself by the fire in the next room. Photo: Liam McBurney

Ten voters made up a 33pc turnout at one of Ireland's most remote polling stations yesterday.

Largely uninhabited Gola Island lies 2km off the north-west coast and is battered by the Atlantic.

Garda Tom McBride helped presiding officer Nancy Sharkey carry the ballot box from a boat, off the pier and into a waiting car.

Eddie Joe McGee (65) was born, reared and went to school on Gola.

"I would like to see them putting more money into small islands," Mr McGee said as he cast his vote.

"There is a lot more work to be done, the roads are really in a bad state, there needs to be a lot of investment in the roads."

Gola has been largely uninhabited since the 1960s.

Meanwhile on Inishbofin, residents cast their votes before 8.30pm last night after concerns about the weather curtailed polling hours.

In total, more than 2,000 voters on 12 islands off the Galway, Mayo and Donegal coasts were casting their vote yesterday.

Irish Independent