Taoiseach - 'A quiet revolution has taken place, and a great act of democracy'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has welcomed the result of the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment, saying:
Today is an historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place, and a great act of democracy. A hundred years since women got the right to vote. Today, we as a people have spoken. And we say that we trust women and we respect women and their decisions.
For me it is also the day when we said No More.
No more doctors telling their patients there is nothing that can be done for them in their own country.
No more lonely journeys across the Irish Sea.
No more stigma. The veil of secrecy is lifted.
No more isolation. The burden of shame is gone.
When we went to the polls yesterday, some voted yes with enthusiasm and pride, but many others in sorrowful acceptance, with heavy hearts.
The ‘X’ marked on the ballot paper represented so much more than an individual vote.
In 1983, 841,000 people voted to insert the eighth amendment into our constitution.
In 2018, almost every county, every constituency, men and women, all social classes, almost all age groups. We are not a divided country. The result is resounding.
This gives us the mandate we need to bring forward legislation and secure its passage by the end of the year.
You can read the speech from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in full here.