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Referendum roundup: The state of play at midday

The ‘Yes’ vote is ahead in the tallies although official results not in yet.

Aoife Sheridan catches a stray vote as boxes are opened at the Dublin City count centre in City West.
Aoife Sheridan catches a stray vote as boxes are opened at the Dublin City count centre in City West.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

COUNTING IS SWIFT at centres around the country in the Fiscal Compact referendum tally.

It’s not complicated – it’s either a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’. (As Gavan Reilly pointed out earlier here, spoiled votes routinely only account for about 0.3 per cent of the total number cast and don’t generally influence the outcome.)

There have been no official results returned yet to the Dublin Castle count centre where all results will be received and where‘s Sinead O’Carroll is standing by. However, Christine Bohan’s liveblog has been following the tallies as they come in (go and have a flick through it here – some interesting reactions captured from the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camp and commentators).

From the TALLIES so far, it appears that the ‘Yes’ vote is edging it.

Here is what we know so far from centres where 100 per cent of the boxes have been opened (again, bear in mind that these are tallies and not final results):

Galway West: Yes 58%; No 42%.

Dublin North: Yes 64%; No 36%.

Cork North Central: Yes 41%; No 59%.

Cork East: Yes 60%; No 40%.

Donegal South West: Yes 45%; No 55%.

Donegal North East: Yes 45%; No 55%.

Tipperary North: Yes 64%; No 36%.

Kildare North: Yes 60%; No 40%.

Kildare South: Yes 58%; No 42%.

Most other count centres who don’t yet have 100 per cent of boxes opened are returning early tallies of a majority of Yes votes. Limerick city and county are a majority Yes so far (which Finance Minister Michael Noonan will be pleased with), while Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s constituency of  Mayo is returning a majority Yes too.

More as we have it. Keep checking in with‘s liveblog for up-to-the-minute updates.

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