Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar and other politicians react to the referendum and exit polls 2 years ago

Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar and other politicians react to the referendum and exit polls

Many took to social media...

While no official results will be available until Saturday afternoon, ballot boxes were opened at 9am around the country on Saturday to decide if Ireland should remove The Eighth Amendment from the constitution.

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Two exit polls late on Friday, one from RTÉ (carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes) and the other from the Irish Times (Ipsos MRBI), show an overwhelming support for a YES vote. Both polls show that almost 70% of people have voted in favour of repealing The Eighth Amendment.

But again, for now, these are exit polls and not a result just yet.

It has the potential to be a huge day for Ireland should this referendum pass and the constitution is amended accordingly.

But here's how Irish politicians reacted to the initial exit polls on social media late on Friday night.

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