Only 5 of 43 constituencies reject EU agreement

Voters in just five of the country’s 43 constituencies rejected the referendum, with strong divisions between urban and rural areas.

Only 5 of 43 constituencies reject EU agreement

The 56% and 55% results for the no campaign in Donegal North East and Donegal South West were as noteworthy for the fact that less than 43% of voters turned up in each constituency.

However, while there was a strong rural-urban divide in the level of support or opposition to the treaty, with major urban constituencies hugely bolstering the yes vote, three of those to vote against were in the capital: Dublin North West at 53%, and Dublin South Central and Dublin South West, both at just under 51%.

However, opponents to the treaty in Dublin Mid West — where Fine Gael and Labour share the four Dáil seats — will probably claim solace from the fact that only five votes separated them from the successful yes campaign — 16,590 to 16,585.

One of the strongest constituencies in favour of the treaty was Dún Laoghaire, where the yes side won 74% of the vote. The Dublin constituency is the base of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore but is also the stomping ground of Richard Boyd Barrett — one of the most vocal opponents of the treaty.

Only Dublin South’s 76% support for the treaty was stronger, while 72% backed it in Dublin South East, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency was at 67%, and Cork South West and Limerick were at 66%.

Sinn Féin was among the strongest treaty opponents and Gerry Adams’s Louth constituency returned a 53% vote in favour of the compact.

Dublin Central, base of Mary Lou McDonald, had marginally stronger support for it.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney — Fine Gael’s director of elections for the referendum — should both be pleased with the 62% yes vote in their shared Cork South Central constituency.

There was some focus too on the tallies in former Fianna Fáil deputy leader Eamon Ó Cuív’s Cornamoa area, where the yes voters won out by just two: 121 to 119. The Galway West TD was forced to step down from the party’s front bench in April after airing his opposition to the treaty. And while his personal vote locally will remain secret, all eyes will be on how he votes when legislation to reflect the outcome of the national poll reaches the Dáil.

While the Donegal electorate was by far the least enthusiastic this time around, its low turnout was not enough to bring the participation below half.

The national turnout of 50.6% might have been much poorer but for a 59% poll rate in Dublin North Central, and 57% turnouts in Dublin North East, Dublin South, Dún Laoghaire, and Wicklow.

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