Voter turnout for Marriage Referendum expected to be record high
Published 22/05/2015 | 21:07
Polling stations across the country have recorded an 'unusually high' turnout as voting ends in the marriage and presidential-age referendums.
Some areas reported numbers comparable with voting levels rarely seen outside of general elections.
In Dublin, where polling had been particularly strong, many polling stations reported close to a 60 pc turn out before stations closed at 10pm.
This figure is up almost 40 pc on levels recorded during the Seanad referendum in 2013.
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Other cities also reported high turn out among voters, with polling in Cork and Limerick closing at 60pc in some areas.
Turnout in Cork city's north side was slightly lower than the south.
There were reports that polling in Donnybrook was as high as 80 pc.
Overall, voting in urban areas was significantly higher than in rural areas.
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Some parts of Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Kerry and Shannon were polling as low as 25 pc when voting ended at 10pm
A recurring trend across Ireland today was many polling stations reporting numbers up, by two digits in most cases, on voter levels recorded in previous referendums.
On average, Dublin is recorded the highest turn out over all.
Around 52 pc was recorded in Dublin North Central, with Dublin North East coming in at just under 57 pc.
Dublin South Central and Dublin South East ended on around 45 pc, while Dublin Northwest and Dublin City finished close to 40 pc.
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Elsewhere, Kilkenny recorded 49 pc, while in Clare, turn out was at 45 pc when voting closed.
The latest reports from Tipperary had polling coming in at 40 pc.
In Laois, an early evening turnout saw polls hover around 30pc in both rural areas and in towns.
Galway city, averaged, just over 35 pc. With East Galway at 20 pc.
Two hours before polls closed, stations across Cork city were at 50 pc.
In Mayo, the turnout in Castlebar was 46 pc, 40 pc in Ballina, and 50 pc in Westport.
Donegal town tied with Letterkenny on 30 pc.
Cavan Monaghan also reported an evening turnout of around 30 pc.
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A strong youth vote was reported across many polling stations, with supervisors saying they had seen a lot of new faces.
Some 60,000 new people registered ahead of the voter deadline earlier this month, and many young people traveled home from as far away as New York and Australia to cast their vote.
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In the Dail by-election held in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, and some parts reported close to 45 pc from those registered in the area to voted.