Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment26th May 18 | News
Despite the result having seemed clear since morning, an official result has just been announced in the abortion referendum.
Despite the result having seemed clear since morning, an official result has just been announced in the abortion referendum. The yes side has won by what many are describing as a landslide meaning that the Eighth Amendment to the constitution has been repealed.
Returning Officer Barry Ryan announced the results from Dublin Castle and confirmed that the final result of the referendum was 66.40% voting Yes and 33.60% voting No. A large crowd of the public had been gathering at the castle throughout the day to watch as results came in from across the country.
Final referendum result #8thRef— 3News (@3NewsIreland) May 26, 2018
Tallies taken shortly after counting began painted a grim picture for the no side with many prominent members of the campaign conceding defeat in the morning. Two exit polls released late on Friday evening had predicted that the yes side had won by a large margin.
Voter turnout was high with 64.51% of the electorate turning out across the country.
64.51% of the Irish People turned out to vote #8thReferendum— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) May 26, 2018
Earlier today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has the described the result as the “culmination of a quiet revolution that’s been taking place in Ireland”. He has also stated that he hoped legislation would be passed within the next six months.