Resounding Yes vote across Tipperary

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Despite being home to some very outspoken žNoÓ campaigners in the recent referendum, North Tipperary and Offaly returned a vote strongly in favour of repealing the eighth amendment last Friday.
59% of voters in Tipperary and 58% of voters in the constituency made up of Offaly and parts of the former North Tipperary constituency voted in favour of repeal.
Turnout in Tipperary was strong, with 64% of those eligible to vote turning out, topping the number who cast their vote in the marriage equality referendum which saw 61% cast their vote.
The final result, announced in the Presentation Convent in Thurles on Saturday, revealed 72.247 voted Yes and 29,516 voted No, with 238 spoiled votes.
Almost all the TD's for Tipperary arrived at the count centre and when interviewed, Fianna Fail Jackie Cahill who was a strong supporter of the No campaign, said he was surprised at the strength of the Yes result.
Deputy Cahill said the Fianna Fail leader, Miche-l Martin, was žbraveÓ in his support of the Yes campaign.
Deputy Michael Lowry, who voted against the decision to hold the referendum, said he was pleased such a divisive issue had been resolved, while Deputy Mattie MacGrath, who sat on the Oireachtas Committee and labelled the committeeŪs recommendations as žcruel and disturbingÓ said although he was against it he would not obstruct it.
Independent Deputy Seamus Healy and Labour's Alan Kelly were the only two Tipperary TD's who strongly voiced their support of repealing the amendment and both said they were pleased with the result in Tipperary.
ŽThe referendum result will go down in memory as one that reflects a changing Ireland and a changing Tipperary. It reflects a more caring and compassionate Ireland that trusts women and wants to protect their health,Ó Deputy Kelly told the Tribune.
žI would like to commend and thank the Tipperary For Yes Team lead by Emma Burns and Anita Byrne. They were magnificent in their efforts and showed great determination and energy. It was also really encouraging to see almost 3,500 new voters register to vote on an issue they felt strongly on,Ó Deputy Kelly said.
The Tipperary Labour TD added that he feels the most important thing is the legislation that must follow to allow for terminations under the conditions outlined by the special Oireachtas committee that preceded the referendum.
žIŪd like to ask my fellow county TDs if they will now support the legislation that will now ensue to give effect to the referendum. They should but seeing as Deputies Lowry, Cahill and McGrath voted against allowing the people of Tipperary even having a referendum and a vote in the first place, I would find it quite ironic if they did.
žNevertheless they must state quite clearly now whether they will support the will of the people and allow legislation to go through the Dail in a reasonable period of time,Ó Deputy Kelly said.


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