Referendum result: Blasphemy in Ireland

Irish voters overwhelmingly agreed to remove the offence of blasphemy from the country’s constitution in Friday’s referendum, held concurrently with the Presidential election. Nearly 65 per cent of voters approved the measure, eliminating an offence that was last prosecuted in 1855. All 40 of the Republic’s constituencies were in favour of the reform, the second […]

Referendum result: Abortion in Ireland

Irish citizens voted by a clear two to one majority yesterday to reform the Republic’s constitution, paving the way for parliamentary legislation to permit abortion for the first time in the state’s history. The strength of the vote in favour of repealing the 8th amendment to the constitution, which banned abortion, was overwhelming across all […]