Counting has officially begun in the abortion referendum.
Ballot boxes are being opened across the country with the exit polls saying it’ll be a landslide yes vote.
Both the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI and the RTÉ Behaviour and Attitudes polls say it will break almost 70-30 in favour of repealing the 8th amendment.
The figures suggest every age demographic with the exception of the over 65s voted heavily Yes.
Tally sheets in Waterford all showing a majority yes. 4 to 1 in some city boxes. pic.twitter.com/ux1ceEI7eF
— Liz Reddy (@LilyReddy) May 26, 2018
We should have a good idea if the exit polls are right before midday with an official result likely in the late afternoon.
The process of sorting the votes from what looks like an exceptionally high turnout got underway at 9.00 sharp at the Waterford Count Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. 170 ballot boxes are being opened at the count centre in Waterford.
Turnout at a number of polling stations had reached 50% by 6.00pm yesterday including at St John of God on the Passage Road in Waterford City, it was quickly followed by Portlaw, Ballygunner and the Mercy. The figure was 70% at St John of God by 8.30pm ahead of polls closing at 10.00pm.
The city and county has a 66 percent Yes according to the exit polls.
WLR’s Liz Reddy is at the Waterford Count Centre and will be reporting live throughout the day. You can tune in here
Sorting of votes underway in Waterford count centre at WIT. Liz Reddy will have all the news from the count on WLR
Posted by WLR FM on Saturday, May 26, 2018
— Darajane. (@DarajaneHOS) May 26, 2018
— Michelle USI South (@USI_South) May 26, 2018
Car park in the Waterford count center is already chocka. Not going to lie definitely got a bit emotional watching people flood in for this. Now we wait for history. #8thRef
— Órla (@OhHeyOrla) May 26, 2018