Youth organisations call for elections to held on a Saturday to avoid LC clashMike Finnerty 25 Jan 2024
Various youth organisations, such as the Young Greens, Labour Youth, Ógra Shinn Féin, the USI, the National Youth Council and the Irish Second-Level Students Union have written to the Taoiseach to request that Ireland goes to the polls on a Saturday this year for the upcoming local and European elections.
The various groups have called for the votes to be held on Saturday, June 8th, to avoid a clash with the Leaving Certificate.
European Parliament elections take place over three days, with Ireland traditionally voting on a Friday, but other European nations vote on a Saturday (as is the case with Slovakia) or Sunday (as is the case with France, Spain and Germany.)
The general election of 2020 was held on a Saturday in a bid to boost turnout and make it easier for younger people to vote.