Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has commended the result of the referendum which, she said, has delivered “a momentous day for all the people of Ireland”.
Speaking from Dublin Castle, Teachta McDonald said:
“This is a momentous day for all the people of Ireland. Ireland is changing. The old certainties being challenged, and a new and better Ireland is emerging.
“It is a day when those who had be silenced demanded to be heard. A day when we decisively broke from the past
“A day when the people said, ‘This is our time, this is our Ireland’.
“I want to thank all those who campaigned, and in particular the women who spoke publicly about private tragedies in order to make this country a better place for all.
“My thoughts today are with all those who have suffered and those who have died, as a result of an amendment that should never have been in the constitution. My solidarity goes out to them and their families.
“I wish to acknowledge those who voted No. It is important that we recognise the diverse views that we as a society hold on these important issues.
“I hope that the vote today is a further step in building a better Ireland for women.
“There is a responsibility on all of us as legislators have to our job and legislate. The government cannot delay and must act to bring forward draft legislation as a matter of urgency to give effect to the overwhelming vote of the people today.
“So, let’s go from here. Let’s work together to ensure that this is the first step in creating a better, fairer, and more caring Ireland.”