© 2019 Charles McQuillan

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Ireland's Referendum

 

Ireland goes to the polls in a referendum to decide whether to change it's laws regarding Abortion rights. 

 

The death of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a protracted miscarriage was seen as a catalyst for the movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

 

This essay documents some of the key figures on both sides of the referendum campaign and also the reaction as the results are announced inside Dublin Castle. 

 

Ireland voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%.