West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Loughmacrory to get its own Polling Station

Published: 23 January, 2015

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Pat Doherty MP at the Loughview Centre in Loughmacrory.

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Pat Doherty MP at the Loughview Centre in Loughmacrory.

For the first time ever, the people of Loughmacrory will be able to cast their votes in the village after the electoral office accepted local requests to use the Loughview centre as a Polling station on Election Day, which is expected to take place on 7th May. News of the development was greeted by Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald "Loughmacrory is a thriving village that has rapidly grown during the past decade. It has always been a source of frustration among locals who had to travel some distances to cast their vote at Polling stations in other areas. "During last year's consultation on the electoral process, and with the support of the community I made the case for Loughmacrory to have its own Polling station. I stated that the village and its hinterland had a catchment of almost 1000 voters and taking into account the rurality of Loughmacrory, it merited consideration for its own Polling station. "I am therefore delighted that the electoral office has accepted my argument and has chosen the Loughview centre as a Polling station. The Loughview centre is located at the heart of the community, is within walking distance for villagers and importantly is at ground level and accessible for wheelchair users and people with varying levels of mobility. "Thanks also to Paula and the team at Revolution Fitness who have kindly agreed to vacate the building for the day as it is transformed into a Polling Station. News of the development was also welcomed by West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty "It is absolutely vital in a modern democracy, that everyone has access to the democratic process. Loughmacrory is one of the few villages in the constituency that does not have a Polling station, and given its size and rural location it certainly merits one. Well done to Anne Marie and the local community for making the case for Loughmacrory and getting their case accepted by the electoral office".