It’s a ‘YES’: Marriage vote passes in Carlow-Kilkenny

Gay rights campaigner, Tom Reade from Kilkenny jumped for joy when the result of the Same Sex Marriage referendum result was announced at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny just after 5pm by returning officer Maria Garahy,

Gay rights campaigner, Tom Reade from Kilkenny jumped for joy when the result of the Same Sex Marriage referendum result was announced at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny just after 5pm by returning officer Maria Garahy,

The referendum was passed with ease in both counties with 56.2% in favour and 43.7% against. In the run up to the referendum, the Church of ireland Bishop of Ossory, Michael Burrows called for a Yes vote and the Catholic Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman had called for a No vote.

Electorate 104,735

Poll 68,531

Invalid votes 668

Total valid poll 67,863

Yes vote 38,166

No vote 29,697.