Bannon ‘not downhearted’ by Longford ‘No’ vote in Marriage Referendum

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

Longford Yes Equality members Paddy Baxter, Rachel Burke and Deirdre O'Byrne celebrate the Yes result in the Marriage Referendum at the count centre in Kenagh. Photo by Declan Gilmore
Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD James Bannon has said that he is “not too downhearted” about the fact that his native county Longford voted No in the Marriage Referendum.

Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD James Bannon has said that he is “not too downhearted” about the fact that his native county Longford voted No in the Marriage Referendum.

Speaking from what has been described as a ‘virtually empty’ Longford/Westmeath constituency Count Centre in St Dominic’s Hall, Kenagh, Deputy Bannon said democracy was the real winner in the referendum.

The official Longford/Westmeath result - Yes 53.6% (25,445) ; No 46.4% (22,025) - was declared shortly before 4pm.

There was a 54.8% turnout in the constituency with 47,879 of the 87,425 people entitled to vote coming out to cast their ballot.

The total valid poll was 47,470 and there were 409 spoiled votes.

However, County Longford, rejected the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 by the slimmest of margins, 50.41% to 49.59%.

Deputy Bannon’s party colleague Gabrielle McFadden hit out at the No side and accused them of scaremongering the electorate in the lead up to the referendum.

Fianna Fáil activists Pat O’Rourke and Aideen Ginnell were at the Count Centre, as was Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Hogan who playfully reminded Deputy Bannon that: “I’ll see you back here in a few months time.”

So with the dust not even settled on the outcome of the referendums, general election fever is already gathering pace!