BOTH Cork South West and Cork North West have voted yes in the referendum on the repeal of the 8th amendment with the official results announced on Saturday afternoon at the count centre at Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig.
Cork South West voted 64.5% in favour of repealing the 8th ammendment, while 35.5% voted against, while in Cork North West, it was 60% in favour and 40% against.
Early tallies hadsuggested that the vote would be carried in both constituencies and there was surprise from many observers that Cork North West, which is normally viewed as conservative, voted yes.
In Cork South West there was a total poll of 40,648 with spoilt votes of 114, leaving a total valid poll of 40,534, which saw 26,147 voting Yes and 14,387 voting No, while in Cork North West there was a total poll of 45,379 with spoilt votes of 131, leaving a total valid poll of 45,248, which saw 27,194 voting Yes and 18,054 voting No.
A tallyman for the Yes campaign said he was absolutely delighted to see the result across all five Cork constituencies, especially the three rural ones - Cork North West, Cork South West and Cork East.
'A clear message was sent out today that we are very much on the yes side, the people of Cork and the people of Ireland want this change to happen and we look forward to the legislation being passed as quickly as possible.'
Cork North West TD Aindrias Moynihan, who opposed repealing the 8th amendment and who was at the count centre before the final result, told The Southern Star that it is a clear and decisive result and said the people have spoken on it and made their views very clear on it and that it was consistent across the country.
Cork South West TD Jim Daly, who was in favour of repealing the 8th amendment also visited the count centre.