Eurovision 2018 – Jury Vote Order

Here is the order that the Jury spokespersons will announce the 12 points from their respective jury. 43 juries will give their results, starting with last years hosts Ukraine and ending with this years hosts Portugal. Ireland will be number 17. Following the jury result we will find out the combined televote result which has given us some great viewing since the change.

Here is the full order

1. Ukraine – Nataliia Zhyzhchenko – Lead singer of 2017 interval act ONUKA
2. Azerbaijan – Asadov Tural – TV presenter
3. Belarus – NAVIBAND – Belarusian Eurovision 2017 participant
4. San Marino – John Kennedy O’Connor – Eurovision historian
5. The Netherlands – OG3NE – Dutch 2017 participant
6. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Jana Burcheska – Macedonian 2017 participant
7. Malta – Lara Azzopardi – Actress and TV presenter
8. Georgia – Tako Gachechiladze – Georgian 2017 participant
9. Spain – Nieves Alvarez – TV presenter and model
10. Austria – Kati Bellowitsch – Radio and TV presenter
11. Denmark – Ulla Essendrop – TV presenter
12. United Kingdom – Mel Giedroyc – TV presenter
13. Sweden – Felix Sandman – Runner-up in Swedish national selection
14. Latvia – Dagmāra Legante – TV presenter and comedian
15. Albania – Andri Xhahu – Radio journalist
16. Croatia – Uršula Tolj – Presenter
17. Ireland – NIcky Byrne – Irish 2016 participant
18. Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu – TV presenter
19. Czech Republic – Radka Rosická – Presenter and fashion model
20. Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir – TV presenter and sports reporter
21. Moldova – Julieta Ardovan – TV journalist
22. Belgium – Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis – TV host
23. Norway – Aleksander Walmann & JOWST – Norwegian 2017 participant
24. France – Élodie Gossuin – TV and radio presenter
25. Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo – Presenter
26. Australia – Ricardo Goncalves – SBS World News presenter
27. Estonia – Ott Evestus – Singer
28. Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina – Show host and presenter
29. Cyprus – Hovig – Cypriot 2017 participant
30. Armenia – Arsen Grigoryan – Actor and singer
31. Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva – Bulgarian 2008 participant
32. Greece – Olyna (Olympia) Xenopoulou – Radio and TV presenter, actress
33. Hungary – Bence Forró – TV presenter
34. Montenegro – Natasa Sotra – Director of Science and Children Programme
35. Germany – Barbara Schöneberger – TV presenter
36. Finland – ABREU – Singer
37. Russia – Alsou – Russian 2000 participant and Eurovision 2009 

38. Switzerland – Leticia Carvalho – Teacher and singer
39. Israel – Lucy Ayoub – Journalist and TV presenter
40. Poland – Marcelina Zawadzka – Presenter, model and journalist
41. Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė – Presenter and journalist
42. Slovenia – Amaya – Slovenian 2011 participant (as Maja Keuc)
43. Portugal – Pedro Ricardo Pacheco Fernandes – Television presenter

The show gets under way tonight at 8pm on RTÉ One and BBC One!

Eurovision 2016 – Voting

eurovision-2016-logoHello! I haven’t written about the Eurovision Song Contest on this blog in ages! Mainly as I kind of missed last years contest cause of a big Referendum. But anyway we are over a month away from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 which takes place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The first Semi-Final is on May 10th, the second and May 12th and the Grand Final takes place on May 14th.

A notable change for this years contest and one that will make the end of the final a lot more exciting is the change of the voting. From this year the 43 professional juries will announce each countries results in the usual way 1-8, 10 and 12 with an announcer appearing. Then after this the televote will be added up from across Europe and announced starting with the country who received the least combined score.

This will mean that the contest will be a lot more exciting! Here is a video to explain more:

While that all looks great in theory, will it change much, well yes! Thanks to TOMMY on Youtube we now know what the 2014 and 2015 results would like under the new voting format! While it doesn’t change the winners, it does change the final position for many countries!

But will it see some memorable moments like these?

With twice as many points now available (1,008!) a ‘nul’ point finish wont be expected by anyone!

Stay-tuned for my Eurovision Previews which will appear once the running order for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is known! 

Cork Pride AGM and Preparing for Marriage Equality Referendum – Cork

Two events of interest to the LGBT Community are coming up in Cork.

pride15The first is the Cork LGBT Pride AGM.

Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with us in the Cork Pride 2014 Survey, your options and suggestions are greatly appreciated and will help us ensure that the festival is one the whole Cork community can be proud of.

If you would like to get involved more with Cork Pride, we are hosting our AGM on the 19th of January at 7pm in the Cork Gay Community Development offices at 8 North Mall, Cork City, for directions please see

This is the first of two meetings. At this meeting Officer reports will be presented and those who wish to get involved can get a better idea of the roles.


The second “Preparing for Marriage Equality Referendum – Cork” is organised by and Fine Gael LGBT. It takes place on February 5th at 8pm on in the Gresham Metropole Hotel.

Panel Speakers:

* Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD
* Dr Conor O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC
* Laura Harmon, President USI (Union Students Ireland)
* Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN

The aim of this public meeting is to encourage people of Cork to become involved in building a winning referendum campaign.

This is of course very important for us who want a Yes Vote in May!


How do we get Same Sex Marriage? Step 1: Register to Vote

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I posted on Sunday after the Constitutional Convention that it will be more than likely Autumn 2014 before we see any referendum vote on Same Sex Marriage. There will be many steps on the road to winning this referendum, but we have start at the basics. And now is the perfect time to start!

Register to Vote!

From my experience, young people and members of the LGBT people are not that great at registering to vote and actually voting. But this will be the first key step in ensuring that we can win a referendum on same sex marriage.

While there will be a vote on lowering the voting age to 16 before this referendum, depending on the Governments response to the Convention report on lowering the voting age, it is still hugely important that people are on the Register of Electors

The Register of Electors is done up once a year and while you can always register for the Supplementary Register before the referendum this can be quite rushed as you must have the forms filled in two weeks before the referendum date.

You can register to vote using this form.

Your Registered? Good, but are your details correct?

This can be a big thing. While we always remember to tell friends and the various companies we deal with any changes to our address, how many of us remember to move our vote?

This is a major inconvenience when you go to try to vote! Make sure your details are correct on and if they are not, or you plan on moving, use this form to update your details

Now Vote!

Ok so you have done all that! Excellent! Now get used to voting. Make sure you cast your vote at every election and referendum and get used to the idea of visiting the polling station so you know how it all works and of course how long it takes so you can factor it in on the day of the vote!

Also remember that by voting for people who support Same Sex Marriage in the Local and European Elections will also help push it along! It is a good bit away but no harm in starting now!

But Who Can Vote?

When it comes to referendums and Presidential elections in Ireland, only Irish Citizens can vote.

British Citizens may vote and Dáil, Local and European Elections.

European Union Citizens may vote at Local and European Elections.

Non-EU Citizens can only vote in Local Elections.

I’m sure many college based LGBT Groups will be running Register to Vote Campaigns when the Colleges go back this Autumn, but it is just as important for non-college based groups whether they be youth groups, sports groups or dining groups that they urge their members to register to vote and vote!

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Are You Registered to Vote?

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Its that time again to make sure that you are on the register to vote in the Referendum on the 30th Amendment to the Constitution (the Fiscal Compact) on May 31st. The deadline for the applying to be added to the supplementary register is Monday May 14th.

Local authorities are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the register of electors. The current register came into force on 15 February 2012.   People can check with their local authority directly or on to see if they are registered to vote in the forthcoming referendum. For those who are not registered, application forms (RFA 2) are available from your local authority and can be downloaded from

There is also a narrow window of opportunity that will arise for those voters who are eligible for, but not already included in, the postal or special voters lists, and who are thinking of applying for inclusion in the supplements to those lists.The latest date for receipt of such applications, if the persons applying wish to be postal or special voters, as appropriate, at the forthcoming referendum is two days after the Polling Day Order for the referendum is made by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan.  The Minister has not yet made the Polling Day Order for the Referendum, but eligible voters who will be seeking to avail of this facility are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The following are entitled to a postal vote:

Whole time members of the Defence Forces,

  • Garda Síochána,
  • Irish Diplomats serving abroad and their spouses/partners,
  • Persons living at home who are unable to go to a polling station to vote because of a physical illness or physical disability,
  • Persons whose occupations are likely to prevent them from voting at their local polling station on election day, including full-time students registered at home who are living elsewhere while attending an educational institution in the State.

So if you intend on voting in the Referendum make sure you are registered!

Judges Pay Referendum

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So it looks like we will be having another referendum in Ireland this year. Unfortunately its not the long awaited Children’s Right Referendum, but a referendum to remove Article 35.5 from Bunreacht na hEireann.

That article states

The remuneration of a judge shall not be reduced during his continuance in office.

This article was included to ensure that the Government of the day did not punish judges through their pay. While this may have been seen as an important safeguard in the 1930’s, is it still needed?

The reason that it is being put forward is that due to the austerity measures introduced and the new levies and taxes, they could not be applied to judges due to this article.

I have a feeling that this referendum will be like the Bail Referendum in 1996 (74.83% YES), and the Local Government Referendum in 1999 (77.83% YES).

I believe the yes vote will be of a similar margin if not higher as I cannot foresee their being a major No Campaign, unless of course some people in Law Library get involved, but I can’t see that happening.

So we have a boring campaign to look forward to I think. But out of curiosity, how will you vote?

The Election Moratorium

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There have been a few questions asked about the Election Broadcasting Moratorium which is changing this year in comparison to previous elections. This year, broadcasters will be allowed to cover the election up until 2pm on Thursday.

From the BAI Guidance

Radio and television broadcasters shall observe a moratorium on coverage of an election. The moratorium will operate from 2pm on the day before the poll takes place and throughout the day of the poll itself until polling stations close.

Electioneering and/or references to election issues and/or references by any on-air personnel, (including guests) to the merits or otherwise of the election candidate(s) and their policies shall not be broadcast while the moratorium is in operation.

The Guidance goes on to note

  • The moratorium is not intended to preclude coverage during this period of legitimate news and current affairs stories that are unrelated to an election. However, broadcasters should avoid airing content (including breaking news stories) that the broadcaster believes is intended and/or likely to influence or manipulate voter decisions during the moratorium period.
  • Steps should be taken to ensure that overnight programme repeats scheduled during the moratorium do not contain material that would breach the moratorium. Broadcasters are advised to either edit programmes (if practical) or schedule an alternative programme so as to avoid accidental breaches of the moratorium.
  • Coverage of news items such as the opening hours of polling stations, voter turn-out, factual reports on voting by political party leaders and other representatives of electoral interests etc., is permissible once it complies with the moratorium.
  • Particular care should be taken around the opinions expressed by any programme contributors, during the period covered by the moratorium.The moratorium extends to all areas of programming including newspaper reviews, coverage of opinion polls, information announcements etc. Particular care is necessary when commenting upon or covering newspaper reviews as the print media is not subject to a moratorium.
It is important to also note the moratorium does not apply to websites or to on the ground canvassers. Canvassers are only banned from anywhere within 100m of a polling station on the day of the election so do not be surprised if a canvasser calls to your door on Thursday evening! 

Polls Open 7am February 25th

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The Dáil has been dissolved by President McAleese in the last minutes. The date of the election has also been set. Voting will take place between 7am and 10pm on Friday 25th of February.

Any prospective Candidates have until noon February 9th to file nomination papers. People eligible to vote but not yet registered as electors may apply for entry in the supplementary register. Deadline is 8 February. The closing date for eligible categories to apply to the relevant Council to be put on the postal or special voting list is 3 February.

3.1 million people are registered to vote for the 165 TD’s that will be elected in 43 constituencies. The Ceann Comhairle is returned unopposed.

In 24 days the Irish People will have their chance heard. Let them say it loud!

Registered to vote?

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I saw in poster today in college which reminded me of this! Applications for the Draft Register of Electors for 2011 must be in for 25th of this month. This is the easiest way to guarantee that you are on the register if there is any elections next year.

If you are in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal South-West it is best to be on the register!

Also with talks of the Children’s Rights Referendum happening next year, if you want to be assured of a vote, make sure your on it!

See if your on the register at

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Vote for the EU’s Organic Logo

I found this on Paul Montariol’s blog on the think about it website. Its about the open consultation by DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Do vote for your favourite!

The new EU organic logo will be displayed from July 2010 onwards on pre-packaged organic products that meet the community requirements outlined under “Organic Farming and Production”. The EU logo can be used on a voluntary basis on non-pre-packaged organic products that originate from the EU or that are imported from third countries. This means, that the winning logo will appear on millions and millions of organic food products all over the EU! For more information, please visit the Organic Farming website .

Proposed Logos

The voting is open until the 30 January 2010 so get voting!

(I went for the second one myself! 😉 )

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