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Exit Polls Suggest Ireland Has Voted To Repeal The 8th

Rebecca O'Connor
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Exit polls suggest the 8th amendment will be repealed when votes in the abortion referendum are counted today.

Two polls show a massive vote in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion law.

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It looks as though Ireland has voted 2-to-1 in favour of repealing the 8th amendment.

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI and RTÉ/Behaviour and Attitudes exit polls show remarkably similar figures.

They suggest 68 or 69 per cent of people voted yes, with 31 or 32 per cent voting no.

The only demographic to vote no seems to have been the over 65s with all other age groups emphatically voting yes. Young people aged 18 to 24 voted 87 per cent in favour of repeal.

The Yes vote was strongest in Dublin where at least 3 in 4 people supported it, according to the polls.

Munster and the rest of Leinster seems to have voted 2 to 1 in favour of repeal with around 60 per cent breaking Yes in Connacht and Ulster.

Ballot boxes will open at 9 this morning around the country when the real counting will begin, but many No campaigners have already conceded the result is clear.

 

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