Kildare votes to remove blasphemy from the constitution

Both constituencies overwhelmingly in favour of removal

Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

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conor@leinsterleader.ie

Kildare votes to remove blasphemy from the constitution

The referendum result was never in any doubt

Both of the constituencies in Kildare have voted overwhelmingly to remove the provision for the crime of blasphemy from the Consitution.

Although no tallies were carried out on the referendum, Tallymen who were working on the Presidential Election ballot reported early today that the referendum would pass easily. The question was simply: by how much?

The result, given to the Leinster Leader moments ago from returning officers Eithne Coughlan (North Kildare) and Maura McIvor (Kildare South) are as follows. 

Kildare South 

Electorate 63,929

Total Poll 26,249

Invalid 365

Total Valid Poll 25,884

Yes 17,374

No 8,510

Kildare North 

Electorate 86,305

Total Poll 38,090

Invalid 407

Total Valid Poll 37,683

Yes 27,399

No 10,284