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Youth Council urges 400,000 young people to use first opportunity to elect our first citizen

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:45

FAQs for first time voters published

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – is encouraging young people to get to the polls and ensure they cast their ballot in the referendum and presidential election on October 26th.

Voters – not opinion polls – decide result

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are very hopeful that the extraordinary level of youth voter registration and engagement seen in recent years will be matched by a high level of youth voter turnout on Friday. For the vast majority of the young people aged 18-25 years, this is their first opportunity to elect our first citizen. Given the importance of each and every vote, it really is vital that people do get out and vote on the day.

“There are almost 400,000 18 to 25 year olds in Ireland and NYCI is encouraging this age group in particular to make sure they make their voices heard and exercise their democratic mandate on Friday the 26th of October, in doing so they will have a say in deciding who will be our head of state for the next 7 years.” concluded Mr Doorley.

First-time voters: what you need to know

The Youth Council is also making instructions available to first time voters on letting them know what they need, and what to expect when they get to the polling station.


For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 087 781 4903 or email

National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.