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Poll staff cost €5m

Polling station staff for the children's referendum, which had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the history of the State, cost the Government at least €5m, writes Philip Ryan.

Just a third of the electorate voted on the constitutional amendment to protect the rights of children.

Responding to a parliamentary question tabled by Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin calculated that the State paid the estimated 6,480 presiding officers in count centres €336.88 each; the 6,512 poll clerks €262.50; the 2,241 counters €262.50; and the 629 supervisory presiding officers and area inspectors, €398.10 each.

Sunday Independent