The number of Waterford City and County councillors voting No in the referendum comes to at least 14.
Half of these are from Fianna Fáil – as well as city Cllrs Jason Murphy and Eamon Quinlan, their county colleagues John O’Leary, Ray Murphy, Michael J. O’Ryan, Tom Cronin and James Tobin are all in favour of keeping the eighth amendment of the constitution.
Two are from Fine Gael – Comeragh councillors Liam Brazil and Seanie Power. Four independents also took part in yesterday’s photo, they’re Cha O’Neill, Sean Reinhardt, Joe Kelly and Séamus O’Donnell, while Sinn Féin’s Pat Fitzgerald completes the local authority’s No voters.
So far there are eleven councillors who will be voting Yes – five are from Sinn Féin. They’re Breda Brennan, John Hearne, Jim Griffin, Declan Clune and Siobhán Whelan.
Fianna Fail’s Eddie Mulligan and Adam Wyse will be voting Yes, as will independent Mary Roche, Labour’s John Pratt and Fine Gael’s Damien Geoghegan and John Carey.
Undecided to date are Fine Gael’s Declan Doocey and independent Blaise Hannigan. Fine Gael cllrs Lola O’Sullivan and John Cummins plus independent Joe Conway are all refusing to comment – with the latter two believing it’s a matter for TDs and senators.
Fine Gael Cllr Pat Nugent is declining to comment publicly, citing his position as Mayor of Waterford.