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Divorce Referendum Final Result

Ireland has voted in favour of The 38th Amendment to The Constitution. All Constituencies voted in favour of the amendment. 

The Constitution will no longer require a person applying for a divorce to have lived apart from his or her spouse for at least four years. This period will now be two years. The minimum period of four years of living apart set out in the Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996 will continue to apply, unless and until the Oireachtas changes the law.

The Oireachtas already has power to make laws recognising foreign divorces. This power will be made explicit in the Constitution. The explicit constitutional prohibition on a person remarrying in the State who has obtained a foreign divorce not recognised under Irish law will be removed. It will still be prohibited for a person to remarry in the State unless their foreign divorce is recognised under Irish law.


31 of 31 constituencies counted. 

YES 82.1% – 1,384,192
NO 17.9% – 302,319

Electorate 3,397,636
Turnout 50.8%
Spoiled 40,545

Cork County Council Constituency

YES 81.1% – 104,043
NO 18.9% – 24,246
Turnout: 50.5%