Cabinet Ministers have approved legislation to allow people living on islands to vote on the same day as the mainland.
Some islands, including those off the Donegal coast, have voted as early as three days before the rest of the country in elections and referendums.
The government believes improved transport infrastructure means it's practical for people on islands to vote on the same day as everyone else. That's something islanders themselves have been demanding for some time.
The bill allowing this was brought by Fianna Fáil and has been approved by government.