The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Postal & Special Votes

Postal voting is available in certain circumstances.

  • Persons living at home and have a physical illness or physical disability which prevents you from going to a polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV1 (English) (Gaeilge).
  • Persons attending a course of study at an educational institution in the State on a full-time basis and are living away from their address of registration and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV2 (English) (Gaeilge)
  • Persons who, due to circumstances of work, are such as to make it likely that they are unable to go to a polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV2 (English) (Gaeilge)
  • Persons who, are employed as a Returning Officer and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form PV4 (English)(Gaeilge)
  • Persons who, are employed as a Civil Servant outside the State and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form SVS5 (English)
  • Persons who, are employed in The Defence Forces and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFC1 (English)(Gaeilge)
  • Persons who, are employed with An Garda Síochána and are likely to be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFB1 (Bilingual)
  • Persons who, due to detention pursuant to an order of court will be unable to attend their designated polling station to vote may apply for entry on the postal voter list by completing form RFG1 (English)(Gaeilge)

Special Votes:

  • Electors who are living in a hospital or nursing home and have a physical illness/disability which prevents them from going to a polling station to vote may apply for inclusion in the Special Voter List so as to be able to vote at their hospital/nursing home. These persons must complete form SV1 (Bi-lingual).

    Applications to be entered on the Special Voters List must be made by 25 November and, in the case of a first application, must be accompanied by a medical certificate.