According to the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) Returning Officer, turnout for the referendum has well exceeded quorum.
The UCDSU constitution states that 10% of the college’s student body must vote for the referendum results to be valid.
Voting took place across the University College Dublin Campus today and yesterday, with voting times finishing at 8pm this evening. Results will be released gradually from each school. It is expected that the results for business, veterinary, engineering and architecture students will be released at approximately 10pm. Results are expected to be coming out until midnight.
The counting of votes is taking place in a room in the Students Centre. A total of 24 seats have been allocated in the counting room, with 8 allocated to each campaign and further 8 allotted for media.
The impeachment follows Ascough decision to remove abortion information from the UCD Winging it handbook. On September 26, a group of 20 students, lead by Law student Amy Crean, launched a campaign to impeach Katie Ascough as UCDSU president. The reprinting of the handbooks cost the the union over €7,000. The information included price listings of abortion clinics outside Ireland, and information about purchasing abortion pills online.
Additional reporting by Seana Davis and Sarah Meehan.