Cabinet Ministers have approved legislation to allow people living on islands to vote on the same day as the mainland.
Islands off the Mayo, Galway and Donegal coasts usually vote two days before the rest of the country in elections and referenda.
The Minister with responsibility for the islands Sean Kyne says that, with improved transport services to and from islands in recent years, same-day voting is more practical and should be introduced.
His Galway West colleague, Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv had introduced the Islands Voting Bill, which was approved at today's Cabinet meeting.
Minister Kyne says this decision will enable the electoral legislation to proceed to Committee Stage.