Longford says ‘No’ but constituency says ‘Yes’ to Marriage Equality Referendum

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Counting of votes in the Marriage Referendum at St Dominic's Community Centre, Kenagh. Photo by Declan Gilmore
With over 96% of Marriage Equality Referendum ballot boxes opened in the Longford/Westmeath constituency, tallies indicate that there is a 54.12% Yes vote and 45.88% No vote.

With over 96% of Marriage Equality Referendum ballot boxes opened in the Longford/Westmeath constituency, tallies indicate that there is a 54.12% Yes vote and 45.88% No vote.

However, Longford, based on the tallies to date, is set to reject the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 by the slimmest of margins, 50.41% to 49.59%.

The outcome in Westmeath (Yes 56.1%, No 43.9%) brings the margin of the Yes victory in the constituency up to 54% to 46%.

Tallies indicate that Longford (Yes 53.33%, No 46.67%) and Ballymahon (Yes 50.29%, No 49.71%) Electoral Areas will carry the Referendum to add the following words to Article 41 of the Constitution: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

But predictions are that Granard Electoral Area will say No (Yes 46.06%, 53.94%).

Local TD’s Willie Penrose (Labour) and James Bannon (Fine Gael) are at the Count Centre in St Dominic’s Community Hall, Kenagh, as is Sinn Féin councillor Paul Hogan and members of the Longford LGBT group.

Tallies are suggesting that urban areas tend to be voting Yes at around 60% with rural areas voting No.

In one particular box in Mostrim the outcome was Yes 69, No 101, while in other boxes from Clondra and Aughnacliffe, No also triumphed by 128 to 114 and 169 to 106, respectively.