Sunday 25 September 2016

Presidential age referendum defeated

Published 23/05/2015 | 14:50

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as counting got underway in the marriage referendum. Photo : Keith Heneghan
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as counting got underway in the marriage referendum. Photo : Keith Heneghan
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as counting got underway in the marriage referendum. Photo : Keith Heneghan
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as counting got underway in the marriage referendum. Photo : Keith Heneghan

The referendum on the presidential age has been comprehensively defeated, with all constituencies declaring a No vote.

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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.

Sisters Rebecca and Rachel Doyle from Wexford waiting for the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle.
Pic:Mark Condren
Sisters Rebecca and Rachel Doyle from Wexford waiting for the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren
Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Brian McMahon with his daughter Lucy waiting for the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren
Waiting for the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren
Sisters Rebecca and Rachel Doyle from Wexford waiting for the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Michael Barron pictured with his husband Jamie Nanci from Dublin, [ they were married in Capetown five years ago] pictured at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . 23/5/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath Irish Independent
The ballot boxes in the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election in Kilkenny this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin
Counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning. Constitution referendum votes. Photo: Tony Gavin
Tellers Fiona Nortwood and Eimear Norton counting votes during the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin
Boxes are opened as counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin
Counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Tiernan Brady Policy Director with GLEN pictured with Sen David Norris as they go through some of the tally counts at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
The ballot boxes in the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum pictured being opened in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Count Staff sort out the ballot papers in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath
The ballot boxes in the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum pictured being opened in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

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.

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