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Irish abortion referendum result: Yes defeats pro-life campaign with double number of votes, official count reveals

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Ireland has voted to repeal the eighth amendment effectively ending its longstanding ban on abortion by a margin of two to one, official results have confirmed.

The Yes campaignwon with more than 1.4 million votes, it has now been announced.

Returning officer Barry Ryan said the repeal effort had triumphed with a majority of 706,349. The final tally was 1,429,981 Yes votes to 723,632 No votes.

Donegal was the only constituency to vote No overall, with 51.87 per cent of people there saying they wanted to retain the eight amendment.

The result opens the door for the Irish government to introduce legislation allowing abortions and ministers have promised to do so by the end of the year.

Before it was announced, prime minister Leo Varadkar had hailed the expected result as a quiet revolution.

For more than three decades women requiring a termination have been forced to travel abroad, or to carry their pregnancies to term, including in cases where it was believed their foetuses would not survive after birth.

Celebrations in Dublin were already underway with chants of we made history heard in the city centre.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/irish-abortion-referendum-result-official-yes-votes-count-latest-repeal-a8370851.html

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