Limerick votes yes in Children's Referendum

David Hurley at the

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Voters in Limerick have voted in favour of the Childen's Referendum by a majority of almost two-to-one.

Voters in Limerick have voted in favour of the Childen's Referendum by a majority of almost two-to-one.

The counting of votes, which took place at the UL Arena in Castletroy, began at 9am and was completed shortly before midday.

The official result showed a 32.2% turnout in the Limerick city constituency compared to a 30.2% turnout in the Limerick Constituency.

Unofficial tallies conducted throughout the morning showed the referendum was carried in most areas with just a handful of ballot boxes returning a no vote.

The official result reflected the tallies with 12,701 (61%) voting yes in the Limerick city constituency compared to the 8,185 (39%) who voted no.

In the Limerick constituency, 11,784 (59%) voted yes while 8,185 (41%) voted no.

Meanwhile the result in the North Kerry / Limerick West constituency was tighter. There, 9,778 (53.6%) people voted yes while 8,449 (46.4%) voted no.

Of the 202 spoiled votes in Limerick, a significant number of voters made reference the high pensions being paid to former banking chiefs while other criticised the lack of information during the campaign.

Politicians who attended the count centre at the UL Arena called for an detailed review to be conducted of Saturday voting.

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