Voters in Limerick have voted in favour of abolishing the Seanad.
In the Limerick city constituency, the margin in favour of the Seanad Referendum was 52.72% compared to 47.28% against.
Meanwhile in the Limerick constituency, the margin was just 221 votes with 50.45% of the electorate voting in favour of the referendum and 49.55% voting against.
According to the official results, almost 50,000 people went to the polls in the two Limerick constituencies yesterday, representing a turnout of just over 38%.
However, despite the results in Limerick, nationally, the Seanad referendum has been rejected.
Speaking at the count centre at the UL Arena this afternoon, Kilfinane-based senator, James Heffernan, said there are number of reasons why it was defeated.
“Very simply, I don’t think the people were prepared to be lied to anymore. I think the failure of the campaign of those proposing the abolition was the spurious saving of €20m. I mean that was found out to be a con early in the campaign and they tried to stick with it,” he said.
Minister-of-state Jan O’Sullivan and Deputy Kieran O’Donnell have both said the Seanad shouldnow be reformed,
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal referendum has been passed by voters in Limerick by a margin of two to one.
The final result in Limerick city saw 66.2% of people vote in favour of establishing the new court while 33.8% voted no.
In the Limerick constituency, the margin was 61.4% in favour with 38.6% against.