Presidential age referendum defeated
Published 23/05/2015 | 14:50
The referendum on the presidential age has been comprehensively defeated, with all constituencies declaring a No vote.
The final result was called shortly after 9pm in Dublin Castle, were it was announced that 1,949,438 votes had been casted.
The referendum on the age of presidential candidates was defeated 73.1 pc to 26.9 pc.
In total, the No side secured some 1,412,602 votes versus 520,898 for Yes.
The referendum failed by 891,704 votes.
In an almost reversal of the marriage equality referendum, voters soundly rejected the proposal to reduce the minimum age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21 years.
Earlier today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny acknowledged that the referendum on Presidential age was unlikely to pass.
Speaking at the Mayo Convention Centre in Castlebar, Mr Kenny said there had not been a lot of public attention on the issue during the campaign.
"The figures on the Presidential age appear to be in the negative here anyway and I’m sure that’s the same all over the country," he said.
Asked if he would be disappointed if the referendum did not pass, the Taoiseach said: "Well these are the judgements of the people, referendum day is the people’s day. The constitution is their book and it can’t be altered, changed, amended or added to without their consent and that is what this is about."
However, his constituency and party colleague Michael Ring was more enthused about the decision.
"To be honest with you I agree with voters. I have to say this referendum was about giving people a choice. I think 21 years of age is too young and that’s my own opinion but I think the people have spoken and spoken very wisely," he added.
The result of the Presidential referendum followed a lacklustre campaign by all political parties who were more focused on the same-sex marriage referendum.
For a break down of its results, click here.