Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal.
Exit polls released after Ireland’s referendum on abortion imply a large vote in favour of liberalising the law.
Polls by The Irish Times and RTE indicate about 69% voted to repeal a part of the constitution that effectively bans terminations.
Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who supported the reforms, said it appeared as if the country was about to”make history”.
Official counting of votes will start at 09:00 local time.
Those taking part in Friday’s referendum were asked whether they wanted to repeal or retain a part of the constitution called the Eighth Amendment, which says that an unborn child has the exact same right to life as a pregnant woman.
Broadcaster RTE’s exit poll suggested 69.4percent in favour of the Yes side and 30.6percent for No. In Dublin, 79 percent of people voted for repeal, as stated by the RTE poll.
An exit poll released by The Irish Times points to 68% Yes to 32% for No.