Exit polls released following the referendum held in Ireland yesterday to repeal the 8th amendment of the constitution point toward a landslide yes vote.
The 8th amendment, which was brought in to Irish law in 1983, prevents anyone from obtaining an abortion and the law states that anyone that does abort on the island will face 14 years in prison.
The Irish Times exit poll has shown a 68% vote for yes and a 32% vote for no. This has lead to the spokesman for the Save The 8th campaign, John McGuirk, to concede their defeat. In a statement made to RTE he said: “There is no prospect of the [abortion rights] legislation not being passed.”
One county however that would appear to have gone against the grain of this referendum is County Donegal in the north west of Ireland. Exit polls from this particular county point toward a 52% no vote with 48% voting yes.
This is not surprising however as in the 2015 marriage equality referendum, Donegal saw some incredibly tight numbers also with 52.5% voting yes and 47.5% voting no. The county is also historically conservative and the Catholic Church still has a very strong grip on the largely rural county.
Despite Donegal’s no vote, the rest of the country has responded with a resounding yes to legalise abortion and this marks a new era for Irish politics and culture.