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59,000 young people urged to register to vote in general election

Some 59,000 young people are being reminded to register to vote.

The National Youth Council of Ireland has urged those who turned 18 in the last 12 months to ensure they are able to take part in the forthcoming general election.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: "Excellent work was done last year to get young people on the electoral register, especially since NYCI published our study in September 2014 showing that 30% of 18 to 25-year-olds were not registered.

"However, with over 59,000 young people nationwide turning 18 in the last 12 months, we need to work continually to ensure all are registered.

"For almost every election we get calls from young people who have missed the registration deadline and are disappointed that they cannot vote. We urge young people to make sure they are registered and not to leave it to the last minute, so that they can vote in the upcoming general election."

The deadline for inclusion on the election register is February 9.

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