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The irish referendum on abortion

When was the abortion referendum in Ireland?

The polls officially opened on May 25, with many Irish citizens around the world flying home to cast their votes.

Around 2,000 residents on islands off Counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway went to the polls on May 24, a day ahead of the rest of the country.

The Irish electorate voted by 1,429,981 votes to 723,632 in favour of abolishing the controversial eighth amendment to the constitution.

The Government now intends to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks in the event.

Counting began on the morning of Saturday May 26.

The result was a two-thirds majority: 66.4 per cent yes to 33 per cent no.

What happens now?

Victory for the yes side means that the only part of the United Kingdom and Ireland where abortion remains banned in almost all circumstances is Northern Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, a campaigner for the yes vote, said that he hopes to pass the proposed legislation within six months.

He said: “The fact that the result is so clear that is a more than 2-1 in favour, will make it much easier to get the legislation through the Dail.”

The proposed legislation that will be introduced by the Government will allow abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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