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The Taoiseach ponders early tallies indicating a No no vote Sasko Lazarov via
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In pictures: Mixed emotions as Family and Care referendums suffer landslide defeats

It’s been exciting and underwhelming at the same time, and the mixed emotions can be seen in the snaps from count centres.


We now have the results of both the Family and Care Amendment referendums – and it’s a resounding defeat for the government and the rest of the Yes Yes side.

In fact, the Care Amendment has garnered the highest percentage of No votes of any referendum in the history of the state.

It’s been exciting and underwhelming at the same time, and the mixed emotions can be seen in the snaps from count centres.

Here are some of our favourite shots of the day.

448Referendum Results_90700830 Ballot boxes lined up for counting in the RDS Leah Farrell Leah Farrell

476Referendum Results_90700862 The media looks for reaction from Michael McDowell, who supported a No No vote Leah Farrell Leah Farrell

484Referendum Results_90700864 Minister Eamon Ryan mulls over the anticipated result Leah Farrell Leah Farrell

IMG_6897 A man from Dublin told the Journal that while he was working at a voting station yesterday he witnessed a Padre Pio medal make its way into a ballot box. Today he found the box and will now return the medal, which had been passed down generations. Jane Matthews Jane Matthews

495Referendum Results_90700878 (1) Minister Eamon Ryan looking at the votes being counted in the RDS Leah Farrell Leah Farrell

533Referendum Results_90700913 (1) Mary Lou McDonald speaking to reporters outside Dublin Castle. The Sinn Féin leader said the government's positions are untenable after the way the referendums were handled. Leah Farrell Leah Farrell


550Referendum Results_90700934 A picture paints a thousand words. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accepted responsibility for the result, saying the government failed to convince the electorate. Sasko Lazarov Sasko Lazarov

561Referendum Results_90700945 No campaigners celebrating the win at Dublin Castle following the announcement of the official family referendum result Sasko Lazarov Sasko Lazarov

GIQKVbYWEAA-gai Senator Michael McDowell celebrates his No No victory with Mother's Day balloons Michael McDowell Michael McDowell

585Referendum Results_90700966 Dublin Castle, where people awaited the result of the care referendum Sasko Lazarov Sasko Lazarov

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