Seanad vote swings toward no result
on 05/10/2013 13:12:16
National result (3.24pm): NO 51.6% YES 48.4%
The No side has remained ahead throughout the afternoon in the referendum to abolish the Seanad - but with a very tight margin.
With results from 14 of the 43 constituencies in, 51% had voted to reject the Government's plans to abolish the upper house.
The average turnout was just over 39% at around 3.15pm.
The first results this morning suggested a Yes trend, before Cork South Central became the first constituency to vote No in the referendum with 51.3% opposed to abolishing the Seanad.
The constituency, home to Fianna Fáil leader and main face of the No campaign Micheál Martin, showed its loyalty with a turnout of just over 42%.
Early signs were suggesting the No side was slightly ahead across Dublin.
Some political analysts and commentators were predicting a very narrow win for the Government with an overall Yes vote across the country - but with an embarrassing No in the capital.
Junior minister Alex White predicted defeat in his own Dublin South constituency, saying it was "looking pretty clear" the public would vote against the Government.
"I think it is looking pretty clear that the proposal will be defeated in Dublin," said the Labour TD, who is also the party's director of elections for the referendum.
"I think there is enough data to say that."
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald, whose party had campaigned for a Yes vote, said her Dublin Central constituency was veering towards a No vote and criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for not debating the issue.
"I think it was a big mistake on the part of Enda Kenny not to step up as the chief proposer of this and set out his stall," she said.
"I think it was a bigger mistake for him to rush this issue."
Senator David Norris said the Seanad will pass a reform Bill and keep sending it to the Dáil.
"If the real choice had been given … there would have been a massive vote for reform," he said. "Enda didn't want that … [but] the Irish people were too cute for him."
While counting of votes got under way at 9am, a final result for the referendum is expected in late afternoon.
DECLARED CONSTITUENCIES (3.10pm):
Clare: 51% YES 48% NO
Cork North Central: 51.84% YES 48.16% NO
Cork South Central: 51.27% YES 48.73% NO
Donegal North East: 51.69 NO 48.31 YES
Donegal South West: 50.42% NO 49.58% YES
Dublin Mid West: 54.7% NO 45.3% YES
Dublin North: NO 54.67% YES 45.33%
Dublin South West: 52% NO 47% YES
Dublin West: YES 42.4% NO 57.6%
Dun Laoghaire: YES 42.9% NO 57.1%
Galway East: 51.4% YES 48.6% NO
Kerry North West/Limerick: 53.84% YES 46.16% NO
Kildare North: 54.64% NO 45.39% YES
Kildare South: 55.5% NO 44.49% YES
Limerick City: 52.72% YES 47.28% NO
Longford / Westmeath YES 51.02% NO 48.98%
Mayo 57.46% NO 42.54%
Roscommon / South Leitrim YES 51.67% NO 48.33%
Sligo / North Leitrim: YES 50.8% NO 49.2%
Tipperary South: 50.4% YES
Tipperary North: 50.38% YES 49.62% NO
Waterford: 53.5% NO 46.5% YES