Counting of votes has begun in Ireland in a referendum on whether to abolish the country's upper house of parliament.
Ballot boxes from 43 constituencies are being opened in 28 centres around the country, with tallying under way. Results are expected around mid afternoon.
It is estimated well below 40pc of the 3.1 million-strong electorate turned out to cast their votes.
Latest opinion polls suggest a majority of voters will back Taoiseach Enda Kenny's call to get rid of the Seanad, or Senate, in a historic move that would hand power exclusively to the Dail.
A poll in the Irish Times on Monday put the Yes vote - in favour of abolition - at 62pc, with 38pc backing the retention of the upper house, after excluding those who were undecided.
But more than a fifth of the electorate were still undecided at the start of the week, while another 8pc said they did not intend to go to the ballot box.
The country's last referendum on children's rights, held in late 2012, saw a turnout of just 33pc.
The Taoiseach has claimed abolition of the Seanad would create a leaner, more effective and more accountable system.
Opponents, led by the largest opposition party Fianna Fail, say the Seanad is necessary to serve as a Government watchdog and to hold the ruling Cabinet ministers to account.
The Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, is currently made up of the lower house, the Dail, from which Government operates, and the upper house, the Seanad - home to 60 senators.
Voters have also been asked whether the state should set up a Court of Appeal.