With a general election in the next few months it is important to remember you can only vote if you are on the official register of electors. The register is being updated and the new one will come into force on February 15th, 2016.
How do I know if I am on the register?
The register is available for inspection in all local authority offices, post offices,Garda Stations and puplic libraries. You can check online at checktheregister.ie
If I am not on the register or am registered at the wrong address what do i do?
The draft register for 2016 was published on November1st and the deadline forgetting on the amended version is this evening (Wednesday,November25th) If you are not on the draft register you have to complete a RFAI form which you can get from your local post office or puplic library and return it to your local authority. The same applies if you want to register at a new address.
It is too late for me to meet the deadline? Does that mean I won't be able to vote in the election?
No need to panic. you can still apply to be included in a suppiementary application form RFA2 has to submitted to your local authority at least 15 days before polling day.
Who is entitled to register to vote?
You must be at least 18 years old on the day the register comes into force on February 15th, and have been ordinarily resident in the state on September 1st of this year.
As the dark evenings are creeping in, so is the chill that comes with the winter months. Staying warm this winter is important for all of us, but more so for people with with pre existing health conditions, very young children and older people.
We have put together our top 5 tips for staying warm this winter, just for you.
1. Heat the House
It is important to keep the house warm, as sitting in a cold house for long time could lead to hypothermia. The temperature of the rooms you use should be kept about 21 Degrees Celsius. If you have a timer, you can set it so the heating will come on before you get up in the morning.
2. Choose Cosy Footwear
Cosy footwear is a must on the cold mornings, so its time to get the fluffy socks from the back of the sock drawer. Who cares if they are covered in multicoloured stripes as long as you can feel your feet. Another alternative to keep your toes toasty is a pair of fur lined boots.
3. Keep Moving
We know it is tempting to curl up on the couch with a hot chocolate and a duvet but we urge you to resist. Doing some exercise helps keep you warm and keep the blood flowing, so your body can maintain it's core temperature.
4. Stock up on Essentials
Just in case you find yourself stuck, stock up on the essentials like food, water and fuel for the fire (or heating fuel). It is important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
5. Be a good Neighbour / Friend
Make sure others stay warm this winter, check on your neighbours and friends, especially should the weather take a turn for the worse. If you are aware of someone who may be particularly vulnerable, make a effort to reach out and offer a seat beside the fire if necessary.
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