Tuesday 14 August 2018

Final Results

Repeal the Eighth Amendment?

Yes 66.40% 1,429,981

No 33.60% 723,632

  • Constituencies declared: 40/40

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Donegal is the only constituency to vote No - by a slim majority of just 2,532

Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Alan Gallagher carry the polling box for the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution onto the Donegal coastal island of Inishbofin, Ireland. Photo: PA
Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Alan Gallagher carry the polling box for the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution onto the Donegal coastal island of Inishbofin, Ireland. Photo: PA

Anita Guidera

Donegal has emerged as the only constituency to return a No vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Voters were almost evenly split, with just 2,532 votes separating the two sides in the end.

The final result, announced at 6.20 last night, revealed that 52pc of the electorate had voted No and 48pc voted Yes to the repeal

Turnout at 57pc was lower than the national average of 64.51pc.

Yes and No votes in urban areas such as Letterkenny and Donegal were close, but the margin widened in more rural parts of the county with several rural polling stations in the Fanad and Inishowen peninsulas returning a decisive 70pc No vote.

Speaking at the Letterkenny count centre, a sombre Minister of State and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh said the referendum had given people an opportunity to vote on a matter of conscience.

"When this legislation comes before the Dail, I certainly will be reflecting a very strong point of view even from those who were marginally on the Yes side that they don't want a liberal regime in this country, and I certainly will be reflecting that," he said.

Independent TD Thomas Pringle, who campaigned for a Yes vote, said that the county's other political representatives would have to reflect on how they contributed to the final result.


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Final Results Constituencies declared: 40/40

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Yes 55% 50% 55% No

"I think TDs have played politics with this. Politicians should be looking to reflect and represent the people rather than be looking to look after themselves."

He added that while he was disappointed with the outcome, he recognised that there has been a significant Yes vote in Donegal - an area which had voted so overwhelmingly in favour of introducing the Eighth Amendment, 35 years ago.

"Donegal is gradually becoming more progressive.

"Obviously I'm disappointed it wasn't an overall Yes - but I will take a 49pc Yes, given where Donegal is coming from."


Constituencies with the strongest Yes/No vote

The table below shows the top five constituencies with the strongest vote for or against repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Dublin Bay South 78.49% 21.51%

Dún Laoghaire 77.06% 22.94%

Dublin Fingal 76.96% 23.04%

Dublin Central 76.51% 23.49%

Dublin Rathdown 76.10% 23.90%

Donegal 48.13% 51.87%

Welcoming the No vote, Tim Jackson, the anti-abortion activist who heckled Health Minister Simon Harris at a Yes event last week, was forthright.

"I am glad that the people of Donegal have seen sense today and voted against killing their own children - but for the rest of the country to vote en masse for killing human beings for generations to come, makes this, to my mind the darkest day in Irish history."

Sunday Independent

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