More Laois people voted for abortion than for politicans at General Election

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

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Abortion referendum count at St Mary's Hall Portlaoise. Pic: Tom Cullen

The abortion referendum caused more than 1,000 extra people to vote in the Laois contituency in the abortion referendum than did at the last General Election.

People also voted more strongly in favour of abortion in Laois than they did for marriage equality in 2015.

The valid poll at the 2016 General Election was 38,868 when the electorate was 63,295. Six candidates went before the electorate for three seats in the Dáil.

Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming, the politician who topped the 2016 poll in Laois, voted no in the abortion referendum. The other TDs, Fine Gael's Charlie Flanagan and Sinn Féin's Brian Stanley, both advocated a yes vote. 

In total, 39,602 voted in the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution. The electorate was 63,860 for the vote on Friday, May 26.

Part of the current Laois constituency includes Monasterevin other parts of north Kildare.

Laois will reunite with Offaly at the next General Election. 

The Offaly constituency voted less convincingly yes to abortion than their Laois counterparts. 

A total of 24,781 votes were cast for yes and 17,908 votes were cast for no. That equates to 58.1% Yes and 41.9% No. More than 61% of Laois voters backed change.

The Offaly electorate was 66,120 with a total valid poll of 42,689. The turnout in Offaly, which takes in part of Tipperary, was 64.7%.

Both Laois and Offaly voters are closer the Connacht Ulster voters than other Leinster constituencies (excluding Dublin) in their voting choices where more than 66% of voters backed change. The yes vote in the west and north was over 58%.

Almost, 57% of voters in the Laois-Offaly constituency voted in favour of same sex marriage at the 2015 referendum when nearly 63,300 people voted.