After a period of rather depressing World politics in which progressive forces have been seen to be in retreat, yesterdays result from Ireland is a bit of fresh air.
Indeed the social change in Ireland since 1983 when the 8the amendment Gave constitutional recognition to the equal right to life of the unborn to entrench the statutory prohibition of abortion by 66.9% to 33.1% to repeal by 66.4% to 33.6% is staggering The 2015 which saw a similar landslide in favour of same sex sex marriages pointed to this change .
As a fan of the Saw Doctors it came as no surorise that the e REPEAL project release music video for Saw Doctors Everyday ahead of referendum
The emotional track was written in 1995 about the Irish women who travel overseas each day in order to access abortions and the proper medical care.
Listen to it and hope that it no longer happens On the repeal of the 8th
Among party voters 74.9% of Fine Gael supporters backed yes; 74.5% of Sinn Féin; 80.3% of Labour; 88.9% of Green; and 82.1% of Solidarity-People Before Profit voted yes.
However, 50.3% of Fianna Fáil supporters backed a no vote and 49.7% said yes, while Renua supporters surveyed all rejected any suggestion of changing the eighth amendment.
Those of us viewing politics outside the republic have often been bemused by the dominance of two conservative parties in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail the latter 20 the 2011 election for the the first time since the September 1927 election that it was not the largest party in the chamber.