I’ve mentioned before that the number of seats with a winning margin of less than 500 doubled from the 1997 election to the 2002 one- from 9 to 18. Of those, in the last election, two were decided by less than 10 votes.
That means that your vote, and the votes of your family and friends, may be enough to tip the election one way or another next year.
But before you get a rush of blood to the head with the heady power you’ve been entrusted with you’re going to have to first make sure that you are registered to vote. No vote and you just don’t matter.
Helpfully, I can link directly to a form for you to print out and post off to your local City or County Council. The Irish Voter Registration Form (pdf)
If you have more specialised needs (such as wishing to register for a postal vote, for example) then just take a look at this page on OASIS. They also tell you how to find out where to send your filled in form.
Two last points. If you still can’t work out where to send your form, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. And remember to tick the opt-out box in column (v) so your electoral details aren’t made available to junk mailers.
Edit: See here for a voter registration form you can print on A4 paper