Tallies suggest Offaly has voted 'YES' in historic abortion referendum

Boxes are being tallied

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Tallies suggest Offaly HAS voted 'YES' in historic abortion referendum

Tallies of boxes in the Offaly constituency suggest the people of the county have voted in favour of repealing the 8th amendment. 

Early tallies from across the county suggest 62% of people voted YES with 38% voting NO.

That would suggest that Offaly's result will be a lot closer than the national exit polls suggest. Both RTE and the Irish Times commissioned exit polls with the results suggesting 69% of people voted YES.

Turnout figures show that the voters of Offaly turned out in huge numbers as the country decided whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution.

Turnout in Offaly exceeded 60%, a trend replicated across the country. Cappincur in Offaly saw one of the largest turnouts of anywhere in the country with over 70% of those eligible to vote making their way to the ballot box. 

Official counting continues on Saturday with an overall result expected by late afternoon. The polls closed on Friday night at 10pm.

The country was being asked whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment which, interpreted by the Supreme Court, means that it is lawful for a pregnancy to be terminated only where the pregnancy poses a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother. This includes a risk of suicide.

A 'Yes' vote to remove the 8th Amendment, giving equal rights to the mother and unborn, would pave the way for the Oireachtas to legislate for termination of pregnancy. A 'No' vote would leave the Constitution and the 8th Amendment unchanged.