Second exit poll projects large victory for Yes side in Abortion Referendum

Exit poll predicts 69.4% voted Yes and 30.6% voted No

McGuckian was commenting in the context of a Supreme Court case in which the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists had argued that Ireland's current stance on abortion gave "rise to significant difficulties for doctors practicing in Ireland and has caused grave harm to women, including death".

Friends star showed her support for the yes when she tweeted a video in which Irish stars like Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Saoirse Ronan pleaded with viewers to vote in favour of repealing the eighth.

A Yes vote result will clear the way for the Irish government to bring forward legislation that permits terminations up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

It's also a key indicator of Ireland's trajectory, three years after the country voted to allow same-sex marriages and a year after it elected a gay prime minister. Those over 65 voted against the proposed change, the poll finds.

Polls closed at 10pm, and minutes later the Irish Times published a poll that projecting that "Yes" was on course to get 68 per cent of the vote, and "No" just 32 per cent.

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"If anything, I'm sitting a little bit more comfortably after the last week having viewed the debates and the general moods and commentary of the "No" camp", said Richard Colwell, chief executive of Red C, whose latest poll on Sunday showed 56 percent for, 27 percent against and 14 percent still undecided. The poll is only a prediction.

"I think it's important that we protect the unborn babies, people don't care anymore about the dignity of human life".

"I personally don't know if I will return to Ireland if this vote doesn't go through", she said. "Whether you agree or disagree, it shouldn't be the government or anyone else making that decision". Not normally one for asking people to vote one way or another.

Nulty explained that once we deprive the unborn of the right to life, "we can no longer defend ourselves from what flows from an abortion culture", which "fundamentally alters our attitude towards disability". I hope that today Ireland will vote yes for that freedom.

The eighth amendment to the Irish constitution was installed following a 1983 referendum which approved outlawing abortion. The campaign has dominated public debate in Ireland over recent months and has forced its almost 3.5 million voters to decide if the constitutional ban on abortion should stay or go.

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Ms Woods sees the lack of legal abortion in such cases, and in cases of disability, as "appalling breaches of humanity", but calls the killing of an innocent child a "termination".

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar casts his ballot in the referndum.

Faulkner said that even if Ireland votes to legalize abortion, "that will never stop our fight".

While the majority in favour of repeal in rural Ireland at 60 per cent was smaller than in urban Ireland, it was still a thumping majority in favour of change. Today millions of Irish voters will decide through a referendum whether abortions up to 12 weeks can happen legally and safely within Irish borders. Abortions up to the 23rd week will be permitted when a woman's health is threatened and in cases of a fatal foetal abnormality.

"It is a vote to say, I don't send you away anymore".

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The islands vote a day early in order to allow ballot boxes to make it back to the mainland for tomorrow's count.

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