Waving her schoolma'am's finger, the Tanaiste, or deputy premier, Mary Harney, had said before polling began, "right around the world people will be mystified" if it was a poor showing. The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had spoken of voters having "an appointment with history."
However, early reports confirmed a well above normal turnout for a referendum. "Yes" campaign managers suggested a 60 per cent-plus turnout was possible. The result in the Republic will not be available until early this evening.Reuse content