‘I am more than happy with what happened last Friday and invigorated by the turnout – especially young voters’ participation. In retrospect, the difficult and uncomfortable debate was extremely good and productive.
So, what’s my point here? Well, it is that there is a certain dislikeable triumphalism among a minority on the Yes winning side…’
John Downing, today’s Irish Independent
‘I know that mixture of abjection and alienation, when the country you love and the people you care about go in one direction while you’re going in another; when your own deepest values are profoundly out of kilter with those of your compatriots. I know what it’s like to be the freak.
And that knowledge might also carry a small warning against revenge. For many of us, Saturday was the first day of our adult lives in which we felt fully like the normal Irish. That’s a fine feeling and God knows we’ve waited long enough for it. It is worth savouring. But let’s not do to them what they did to us.’
Fintan O’Toole, today’s Irish Times
‘So, are we to replace decades of religious tyranny with a new secular intolerance? And so, just as some members of that victorious 67pc in 1983 were obnoxious, smug and vengeful towards the losing side, that same miasma of triumphalist contempt has been clearly in evidence from many victorious repealers.’
Jubilant Yes campaigners and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar celebrate the vote to repeal the 8th Amendment.
More as we get it.
Meanwhile, in the RDS…
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Minister for Health Simon Harris (pic 4) and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (pic 7) join Jubilant Yes campaigners at the Dublin count centre as results from the Eighth Amendment referendum come in.