Ireland has voted Yes to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, paving the way for the legalisation of abortion in some circumstances. The country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to remove the amendment with more than two million votes cast.

At 64.5%, the turnout was one of the highest ever recorded for a referendum in this country and the highest of any referendum since 1992.

The result was a landslide victory for the Yes side, which had led in every opinion poll taken throughout the campaign.

Ireland will now look to bring in abortion laws that are similar to the vast majority of countries in Europe.

The vote was the culmination of a large grassroots campaign which had lasted for many years before being backed by all the major political parties after the work of the Citizens’ Assembly and the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

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