A DOUBLE no vote has been returned by Clare voters for the Referendums on the 39th and 40th Constitutional Amendments.

Convincing no votes were returned by the Clare electorate with 68% rejecting the Family Amendment and 74% voting against the Care Amendment.

Turnout in Clare was recorded at 44%. Of the registered electorate of 90,101, there was a total of 39,650 votes cast for the Family Referendum, of which 39,147 were valid. For the Carer Referendum, 39,654 votes were cast and 39,110 were valid.

For the Family Referendum the final result in Clare was NO: 26,574 (68%) and YES: 12,573 (32%).

For the Care Referendum, the final result in Clare was NO: 28,979 (74%) and YES: 10,131 (26%).

Hotel Woodstock was the venue for the count centre with no political representative from any party in attendance from 9am when counting commenced to when an official result was announced at 17:39 by Returning Officer, Pat Wallace.

Speaking in Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (FG) said the Government “accept responsibility for the result”. He commented, “It was our responsibility to convince a majority of people to vote Yes, we’ve clearly failed to do so”.

Interest from the public for the count resembled that of the turnout itself in that it was low. A lone tallyman had been at the count centre from early morning but departed prior to 12pm.

Kilmaley man Patsy O’Grady a keen political follower said he was stunned to be the only member of the public to turn up to watch the count, he was later joined by Clarecastle husband and wife, Gabriel and Geraldine Gregan. Speaking to The Clare Echo, Geraldine admitted she was very disappointed with the lack of engagement from the public at the count centre and pointed out it was a chance for the youth in particular to see how democracy works.

Returning Officer, Pat Wallace paid tribute to the late Michael McNamara of Clooney and Eugene Ryan of Ennis, both of whom worked for over twenty five years at count centres in Clare. “They were part of every election and referendum over the years, serving as inspectors on polling day”. Both Michael and Eugene were at the drop off point for each box at the close of poll, they managed and supervised each count.
Wallace recalled, “they did their job to the highest standards, they were very good communicators, they were dedicated and much respected, their hard work was very much appreciated, they will both be missed very much”.

Related News

Nicole Bujnowska hannah vaughan 1-2
Odds go in favour of Lisdoonvarna students for statistical poster competition
blake's corner 1
Action needed on 'ridiculous' Ennistymon traffic bottleneck Blake's Corner
shannon airport car park full april 2023 2
An 'economic push' can help Shannon Airport relieve pressure from Dublin
garry miley fiona mcgarry barry o'donovan páraic mcmahon 1-2
The Electoral Chair: Will East Clare back same reps for third term in a row or opt for change
Latest News
6A28190B-ECF0-4104-8094-B4C86A2859A4
Ennis RFC claw back 13-point deficit to claim U16 Munster Cup
eyes-everywhere
Eyes Everywhere: exploring the impact of video surveillance on crime prevention
blake's corner 1
Action needed on 'ridiculous' Ennistymon traffic bottleneck Blake's Corner
shannon airport car park full april 2023 2
An 'economic push' can help Shannon Airport relieve pressure from Dublin
garry miley fiona mcgarry barry o'donovan páraic mcmahon 1-2
The Electoral Chair: Will East Clare back same reps for third term in a row or opt for change
Premium
clare v limerick u20 30-03-24 odhran cunningham 1
Cautious Clare punished by clinical Kerry
clare v roscommon 06-04-24 ailish kay considine 1
Long road to league success worth it for Ailish Considine
clare v roscommon 06-04-24 roisin considine 1
'Winning gives a reason to drive on' says commuting Considine
clare v limerick minor 09-04-24 6
Clare minors make last four in Munster
clare v roscommon 06-04-24 caoimhe harvey 2
Caoimhe helps to provide the light following 'dark days' for ladies football in Clare

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top