On the 07 December 1972 a referendum was held on two amendments to the constitution.

One was to lower the age of voting from 21 to 18. The second was to remove the reference to the "special position" of the Catholic Church. Both amendments were approved. On the results programme presented by Kevin Healy the Taoiseach, Jack Lynch tells reporter Tom MacSweeney of his disappointment at the low turn out at the polls. The Taoiseach says that he regards apathy as one of the great enemies of democracy.

The accompanying image of Jack Lynch was taken in 1967.
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