Tallies across the country suggest Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the 8th amendment.
No results have been announced yet but a clear trend is emerging from count centres.
67 out of 170 boxes in Waterford have been tallied at 68% YES.
Waterford Minister of State John Halligan says it’s a victory for care, compassion and common sense.
He spoke to WLR’s Liz Reddy at the Waterford Count Centre and says that he was quietly confident after canvassing for the past four weeks: “This is an astounding vote, there’s no question about that, I don’t think any of us expected that. But I think there was an underlying feeling with people there, that they wanted to show compassion they wanted to be reasonable. Also I think it’s the progression of Irish society, we’ve seen it over the last 5 or 6 years, we’ve seen it with divorce, we’ve seen it with the same sex marriage, society has changed it’s no longer dominated by conservatism, it’s no longer dominated by the Catholic Church. People are making their own decisions and they’re making a decision based on facts and statistics.”
— John Halligan (@JohnHalligan) May 26, 2018
Jac Sinnott is from the Waterford Together for Yes Campaign, she’s not surprised by the result:
Counting is underway in Waterford. Rallies show an overwhelming yes so far. Jac Sinnott from Waterford Together for yes says they are delighted.
Posted by WLR FM on Saturday, May 26, 2018
Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane says this is ” a victory for women and a victory for women’s healthcare”. He added that “the vast majority of men voted yes. While the no vote was higher among older people, the majority of older people voted yes so this is huge and seismic.”
It is a resounding Yes from the Deise 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/aIKZFAQsqE
— David Cullinane (@davidcullinane) May 26, 2018