Saturday 27 December 2014

Seanad abolition referendum decisively defeated

Published 05/10/2013 | 16:49

Micheal Martin looks pleased this evening at the result of the Seanad referendum (inset)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking at the Global Irish Economic forum at Dublin Castle as the government has suffers an embarrassing defeat in a referendum to abolish the Seanad
Michael McDowell speaking to the media at Dublin Castle
Michael McDowell speaks to the media
Senator David Norris at the Dublin Castle count centre
Senator David Norris and Senator Fidelma Healy Eames at the Dublin Castle count centre
Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis talks on the phone as counting of votes continues at the RDS
Fine Gael's Richard Bruton at the Count in the RDS
Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media at the RDS
Counting of votes in the referendums on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal is under way at the RDS in Dublin
Ballot boxes as counting of votes in the referendums on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal is under way at the RDS
Counting of votes in the referendums on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal at the RDS

The Seanad abolition referendum has been decisively defeated by 42,500 votes.

The proposal was defeated by 48.3pc for Yes to 51.7pc for No, off a turnout of 39.2pc.

Dublin voted overwhelmingly against the proposal for the 32nd amendment of the Constitution, with the results mixed across the rest of the country.

The biggest No vote was in Dublin South-East with 61pc and the largest Yes was in Mayo with 57pc.

The total poll was 1.2 million, with 591,937 Yes votes and 634,437 No votes.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will issue his response to the result later this evening in Dublin Castle.

No campaigners are calling for the Government to reform the Seanad on the back of the results.

By Fionnan Sheahan

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