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Polls closed: Here's a snapshot of the turnout across the country

An awful lot of you turned out to vote.

Published at 10.10pm

AND THAT’S THAT. Polls have closed in the two referendums taking place today – one that could pave the way for same-sex marriage in Ireland, and the other to lower the age of presidential candidates. kept you up to date today with everything that was going on, and tomorrow we’ll bring you all the latest news and analysis as the results start coming in.

This evening we’re starting to get a clear idea of how many people turned out to vote across the country. Nationwide turnout has been estimated at an average of between 50 and 60%.

We’ve heard of queues, car parks filling up, and the floods of younger voters casting their ballots. Many have come from abroad to vote.

Here’s a snapshot of some turnouts. We’ll have a better idea come tomorrow, but these are some rough estimates, starting with Dublin

Turnout in some areas have been estimated at as high as 70% – it stood at 75% in Artane (North Central). The highest was in Dublin North East with 57%, and the lowest in Dublin Central. There turnout there is thought to be just above 30%.

The county has averaged between 40 to 50%.


For Munster, it’s looking (roughly) like:

  • Clare 45-50%
  • Kerry 50%
  • Cork 40%-50%
  • Waterford 30%
  • Tipperary 40%-50% (although some suggestions of 70%)


In Wicklow town the average turnout was almost 10% above average, ended up at more than 76%. The average turnout in Wexford is expected to be quite low, coming in at around 23%.

Carlow and Kilkenny are also voting on a byelection:

Laois and Longford are thought to be in the region of 30 to 40%. We’ll update with more information from other counties shortly.


The just-above-20% looks like a common trend across the country. Here’s what Mayo looks like (figures from the Connacht Tribune):

Turnout in Boyle, Roscommon, is likely to surpass 50% by the end of the evening, with the country as a whole finishing at 40%. Athlone is looking at a turnout of 48%.

Galway’s Knocknacara recorded 50% turnout.


People have been out in force in Donegal, with above-average turnouts reported from early in the day, and the average across the country expected to be in the region of 55%. Earlier this evening Cavan and Monaghan were thought to be in and around 30%, according to Fiach Kelly of The Irish Times.

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