By: Steve Dellar | 05-25-2018 | News
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Ireland - Expats Return Home To Vote In Abortion Referendum (Video)

Today; Ireland votes over whether or not the restrictive law on abortion, known as the eight amendment, will be repealed.

The issue has divided the deeply Catholic country for over 35 years and even though the polls looked very good for the Yes camp (wanting to overturn the existing abortion regulation which sees many Irish girls and women take an overseas trip to the UK to get their abortions performed over there), the No camp has made sure in recent weeks that the polls have gotten ever closer.

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The Irish government, who called the vote, state that they are sure the Yes-camp will prevail but admitted the vote would be much closer than they had hoped. Mr Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), explained that voting in the referendum was nothing short of a “once in a generation decision.”

Mr Varadkar claimed to be “quietly confident.”

“Not taking anything for granted, of course, but quietly confident. There has been a good turnout so far across the country. A high turnout, I think, would be to the advantage of the ‘Yes’ campaign.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Coming home to vote in Ireland&#39;s abortion referendum <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="">May 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Meanwhile, airports all over Ireland were filling up with expats returning home especially to vote.

Ms Ruth Shaw, who was second in the queue to vote at Our Lady’s Clonskeagh Parish secondary Dublin at 7am local time this morning had changed a flight to New York so she could cast a vote. Ms Shaw stood waiting in line, accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter Simi, and stated: “It's really important to be here. I’ve got two daughters.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today, Ireland is voting on whether to repeal its restrictive law on abortion. It is an issue that has divided the country for 35 years and polls show that the result will be close <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The Economist (@TheEconomist) <a href="">May 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ireland was hit very hard in the European financial crisis of 2007-2008 and many of the younger generation left home to work on the European mainland ever since.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To put <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ireland</a>&#39;s abortion referendum in context: No one under the age of 53 has had the chance to vote on this issue. That&#39;s why thousands of young Irish voters are fighting tooth and nail to ensure they can get home to vote. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ItsTime</a> to <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Repealthe8th</a>! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) <a href="">May 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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