Referendum 18: Polling reaches 38 percent in Thurles ahead of evening rush

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Turn out at polling centres across the county have continued steadily throughout the evening with most centres reporting a turnout of over 30 percent including Thurles, Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary town and Clonmel. 

Ahead of the teatime rush, turnout slowed to 35 percent around Nenagh after averaging a 25.5 percent turnout at lunchtime today.

In Thurles, voting is also said to be strong with one polling centre reporting an average of 38 percent turnout at around 5pm. 

Supervising officer at Scoil Ailbhe John Smith says that numbers dropped slightly this afternoon after reaching a record high of 42 percent at one voting station, however voting numbers are expected to increase again from 6pm.

Earlier today voting in Cashel averaged a 19.7 percent turnout while Tipperary town reported an average 26 to 27 percent, increasing to 32 percent later in the afternoon. Voting was also described as steady in Carrick on Suir and Clonmel with most polling booths reporting an average of 30 percent this evening. 

Almost 123,000 Tipperary people are preparing to go to the polls in today's referendumon the Eight Amendment and the expectation is that the turnout will be much higher than both the Marriage Equality Referendum of 2015, and the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Referendum of 2001.

After weeks of debate and discussion, the polling stations finally opened across the Premier County at 7am this morning and will remain open until 10pm, thereby allowing all of the 122,780 people registered to vote in Tipperary, ample opportunity to do so.

The count centre for the constituency will be located in the Presentation Secondary School Sportshall tomorrow morning (Saturday) and a result from the constituency is expected sometime mid-afternoon.