Blasphemy Repealed From The Constitution By Landslide
Ireland has voted to repeal the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution by a huge majority.
The results were announced in Dublin Castle this evening.
65 percent of the population, and every constituency, voted to pass the referendum, with 35% against.
It's the first time each constituency has voted in favour of a referendum question since the vote to establish the Court of Appeal in 2013.
- Total vote 1,489,694
- For 951,650
- Against 515,808
- Spoiled 22,236
The Referendum was held alongside yesterday’s Presidential election – and official counting continued after President Higgins’ re-election was announced.
Exit polls had suggested that the Referendum would be carried by between 69% and 71% - and that result was borne out in the official count.
Following his election earlier this evening, President Higgins vowed to be a president “for all the people. For those who voted for me and for those who did not.”