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“Looking Like We Will Make History” As Polls Suggest Landslide Victory For Repeal

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Updated 06:45

The Taoiseach has said it is “looking like we will make history” as exit polls predict a clear majority of the Irish people have voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Polls undertaken by the Irish Times and RTÉ have predicted a 68% and 69.4% ‘Yes’ vote respectively.

According to the polls, the only demographic to vote ‘No’ seems to have been the over 65s with all other age groups emphatically voting yes.

Young people aged 18 to 24-years-old voted 87% in favour of repeal.

The Yes vote was strongest in Dublin where at least three in four people supported it.

However the urban / rural divide was not as clear as expected with the RTÉ poll suggesting a 72.3% ‘Yes’ in urban areas versus a 63.3% ‘Yes’ in rural areas.

Munster and the rest of Leinster seems to have voted 2 to 1 in favour of repeal with around 60% opting for ‘Yes’ in Connacht and Ulster.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting in Scoil Thomas Lauriel Lodge Castleknock, 25-05-2018. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

The Irish Times poll surveyed 4,000 voters at 160 polling stations across the country, while RTÉ surveyed 3,800 people at 175 stations across the country.

Following the release of the polls last night the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted that it was “looking like we will make history tomorrow.”

The Irish Times poll also found that women voted in favour of the proposal by 70% voting in favour and 30% against.

Support from men was weaker, but still high - at 65% to 35%.

While younger voters were also in favour of the change, with majorities in all age groups under-65.

The Irish Times poll is estimated to have a margin of error of +/- 1.5%, while the RTÉ poll has a margin of +/- 1.6%.

Following the release of the polls last night the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted that it was “looking like we will make history tomorrow.”

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the polls suggest a “stunning result that will bring about a fundamental change for the better.”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the “view of our Republic is clear and we as an Oireachtas should move efficiently to enact the will of our people.” 

If the result is confirmed as expected the Government has said it is committed to introducing unrestricted access to abortion for women up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

Abortions will be permitted later in terms where there is a risk to a woman's life, or a risk of serious harm to the physical or mental health of a woman.

The Minister for Health Simon Harris is aiming to enact the legislation by the end of the year.

Reporting from Michael Staines and Jack Quann


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