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Most liberal constituency turns out in style and gets it right again

DUN Laoghaire once more took centre stage as the most "progressive" constituency in the country.

The liberal area has a scorecard of backing political causes long before they become in any way popular through the rest of the country.

It has backed divorce, rejected pro-Life overtures, and projected a broadly pro-European outlook since the early 1980s.

Over the weekend it produced the best level of turnout in the country as its aroused "middle classes of conscience" trooped in droves to the polls.

Five residents out of every nine residents in Dun Laoghaire voted, a performance that bettered equally well-heeled Dublin South and Dublin North Central, which also produced fine turnouts.

But it was the way in which the ballots were cast that set Dun Laoghaire in a class apart from the other 41 constituencies nationwide.

A massive 73.3pc of voters there backed the referendum proposal. Only 26.7 pressed their electronic buttons to reject the proposition.

Dun Laoghaire also voted Yes in the last Nice referendum 18 months ago, one of a minority of constituencies to support that beaten effort.

This time however, the Yes vote in the area jumped by 20 percentage points.

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