The Eighth Amendment which essentially banned abortion in the Republic of Ireland has been formally repealed. The law was officially signed by President Michael D Higgins on Tuesday. The Irish electorate voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May’s referendum, with just under 67% voting in favour of repeal. Donegal was the only constituency to vote against the proposal.
A delay was caused on the result formally being enacted into law by a number of legal cases seeking to challenge the result of the referendum.