Seanad retained as 'No' campaign claims victory
on 05/10/2013 15:24:02
• YES: 591,937
• NO: 634,437
• Total poll: 1,240,721
• Invalid: 14,355
• Valid poll: 1,226,374
Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke to the assembled media at Dublin Castle, saying he was personally disappointed in the result, and it was time for reflection before deciding on any future reform proposals.
"Sometimes in politics you get a wallop in the electoral process," he said.
"I accept the verdict of the people, and I also say with humility ... that there's a virtue in being able to stand before the people and say: 'I did say four years ago I would ask you this question'.
"We've honoured that commitment in full."
Richard Bruton, the party's Director of Elections, defended the Taoiseach's decision not to take part in any debate, calling it "absolutely the correct decision" and the vote should not have been about personality.
He said the matter of reform could be referred to the Constitutional Convention.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was not disappointed as it was a matter for the people as their sovereign right, and "everyone accepts that." He said there would be no second vote on the matter.
Speaking before the official result, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Enda Kenny must now commit to meaningful reform.
"The rest of the political system will move, we will move with others to ensure that we will follow through with what we have said that there is a capacity to legislate for reform of the Seanad," Martin said.
During the campaign, the Taoiseach repeatedly insisted the public had only two choices - abolishing the Seanad, or retaining it in its current form.
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."
"All participants and parties involved in the referendum campaign were clear in saying that the Seanad in its current form is elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable," said Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in a written statement.
"This result cannot be viewed as a vote to retain the Seanad in its present form."
The attention will now turn to the Court of Appeal count as the evening proceeds.
Carlow / Kilkenny NO 50.5%, YES 49.5%
Cavan / Monaghan: YES 55%, NO 45%
Clare: YES 51%, NO 48%
Cork East: NO 51%, YES 48%
Cork North Central: YES 51.84%, NO 48.16%
Cork North West: NO 50.05%, YES 49.95%
Cork South Central: YES 51.27%, NO 48.73%
Cork South West: YES 50.9%, NO 49.1%
Donegal North East: NO 51.69 %, YES 48.31%
Donegal South West: NO 50.42%, YES 49.58%
Dublin Central: NO 57.9%, YES 42.1%
Dublin Mid West: NO 54.7%, YES 45.3%
Dublin North: NO 54.67%, YES 45.33%
Dublin North-East: NO 54.57%, YES 45.43%
Dublin North Central: NO: 54.8%, YES 45.2%
Dublin North West: NO 54.6%, YES 45.3%
Dublin South: NO 53.2%, YES 46.8%
Dublin South Central: NO 51%, YES 49%
Dublin South East: NO 61.33%, YES 38.67%
Dublin South West: NO 52%, YES 47%
Dublin West: YES 42.4%, NO 57.6%
Dun Laoghaire: YES 42.9% NO 57.1%
Galway East: YES 51.4%, 48.6% NO
Galway West: NO 50.6%, YES 49.3%
Kerry North West/Limerick: YES 53.84%, NO 46.16%
Kerry South: YES 54%, NO 46%
Kildare North: NO 54.64%, YES 45.39%
Kildare South: NO 55.5%, YES 44.49%
Laois / Offaly: NO 54%, YES 46%
Louth: NO 52.3%, YES 47.7%
Limerick: YES 50.45%, NO 49.55%
Limerick City: YES 52.72%, NO 47.28%
Longford / Westmeath YES 51.02%, NO 48.98%
Meath East: YES 47.4%, NO 52.5%
Meath West: NO 53.6%, YES 46.3%
Mayo: YES 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: YES 50.4%, NO 49.6%
Tipperary North: YES 50.38%, NO 49.62%
Waterford: NO 53.5%, YES 46.5%
Wexford: NO 50.1%, YES 49.9%
Wicklow: NO 57.8%, YES 42.2%