Tag Archives: The Eighth Amendment

Stop her.

She’s celebrating the wrong way.

‘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.’

Ian O’Doherty, today’s Irish Independent

So there.


Coffin’s the name

Mourning’s the game.

Ina writes:

This is Patrick Coffin, he’s huge in US Catholic evangelical circles, here’s his take on Ire-er-land and abortion result…

Earlier: Right So

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran

“What I’d say to a Catholic who voted Yes is this, if you voted Yes knowing and intending that abortion would be the outcome then you should consider coming to confession…

…Ultimately all sin, and sin is not just related to this area, but all sin is about decisions that impact on our relationship with God.”

Catholics who voted Yes should consider confession, says Bishop (irish Times)



Elaine writes:

A sad day indeed for Dublin Zoo but absolutely no mention at all from The Liberal about the referendum result today…

Poor, thick-skinned swamp dweller.

But enough about Leo Sherlock.


The Liberal




This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Jubilant Yes campaigners and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar celebrate the vote to repeal the 8th Amendment.

More as we get it.

Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Meanwhile, in the RDS…

This afternoon.

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.

Earlier: Love Vote


This morning.

RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Unopened ballot boxes in the Dublin Count Centre from the Referendum of the 36th Amendment to the Constitution Bill 2018 to allow lawmakers to legislate for abortion.

Last night: Yes

Sam Boal/RollingNews


Counting underway.






A separate Exit poll was conducted by RTÉ and Behaviour & Attitudes.

Exit poll indicates large majority vote to change abortion laws (RTÉ)

This evening.

Una Donnelly joined Yes campaigners filing a traffic island in Fairview, Dublin 3 willing commuters of legal voting age to choose repeal.

Thanks Olga