The Referendum Victory: Why a huge yes and where we go from here


  • Kieran Allen


The huge vote Yes to repeal the 8th Amendment hasfinally put an end to the myth that the Irish are anaturally ‘conservative’ people. In a short space oftime, the population voted in overwhelming numbers tosupport marriage equality and to liberalise abortion laws.It is not simply a matter of Ireland ‘catching’ up with therest of liberal Western Europe as if there were someinevitable mechanical path to ‘progress’.