The Seanad referendum is edging towards defeat for the Government.
But the first two results are Galway East and Tipperary South, both going narrowly with the Yes.
And a Fine Gael exit poll is understood to have predicted a narrow victory.
Counting is continuing across the country, but tallies have shown the margin between Yes and No is very tight.
In Dublin city alone, the No side will have a lead of at least 20,000 votes.
But there are sporadic tallies across the country.
The latest tallies suggest:
- Dublin turnout 41pc - 45pc Yes and 55pc No;
- Leinster turnout 40pc - 49pc Yes and 51pc No;
- Munster turnout 36pc - 53pc Yes and 47pc No;
- Connacht-Ulster 40pc - 51pc Yes and 49pc No.
But the exit poll commissioned by Fine Gael is believed to show a 53pc Yes to 47pc No nationally.
By Fionnan Sheahan