Monday 17 December 2018

Final Results

Repeal the Eighth Amendment?

Yes 66.40% 1,429,981

No 33.60% 723,632

  • Constituencies declared: 40/40

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British journalist comes under fire for baffling remarks on abortion referendum media coverage

Rachel Johnson (Ian West/PA)
Rachel Johnson (Ian West/PA)

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British journalist Rachel Johnson has come under fire on Twitter after making baffling remarks about the media coverage of the abortion referendum.

Also known for being British politician Boris Johnson's younger sister, Ms. Johnson took to Twitter to thank Sky News for their coverage on the Eighth Amendment in Ireland yesterday.

Demonstrators let off flares during a march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators let off flares during a march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators wear repeal clothing at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators wear repeal masks at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Jamilah Curran from Athboy Co Meath at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Ray Lawless from Co Meath on The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Demonstrators at The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Taryn Devere from Donegal on The March for Choice in Dublin, a demonstration demanding change to Ireland's strict abortion laws. Photo: Tom Honan/PA Wire
A demonstrator with a painted face poses for a photograph during a march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators march for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Demonstrators hold signs outside Ireland's embassy as they support the demand for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in London, Britain September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner?
Demonstrators hold a sign outside Ireland's embassy as they support the demand for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in London, Britain September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner?
Demonstrators stand outside Ireland's embassy as they support the demand for more liberal Irish abortion laws, in London, Britain September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Turner?
The London-Irish Abortion Rights campaigners outside the embassy of Ireland on Chapel Street, Belgravia, London, as they host the 'London March of Choice'. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside the embassy of Ireland on Chapel Street, Belgravia, London, as they take part in the 'London March of Choice. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

However, her gratitude for the coverage "in mainland UK" with coverage in "clear English not Gaelic" has angered many Irish Twitter users.

"Huge praise to Beth Rigby and Kay Burley of Sky News who produced world class award winning reporting every step of the way of this powerful and moving and divisive story..."

"...and also helped comprehension (in mainland UK) by speaking in clear English not Gaelic throughout."

People were quick to clarify that Ireland is not part of the UK and questioned where the Irish-spoken coverage could be found.

Irish journalist Naomi O'Leary said: "Assuming you mean Irish or Gaeilge, which Irish journalists did you observe speaking Irish on British TV? When?

"If you just mean journalists speaking English with an Irish accent, that is insulting on several levels. Our language is not called Gaelic."

Another Twitter user said: "Ireland is not a part of the U.K. at all so the "mainland U.K." comment is very misinformed and a political faux-pas in the extreme. Just a heads up. Also we don't speak Gaelic, it's Gaeilge, and all reporting would be in English regardless."

More than 350 journalists from across the globe were accredited to attend the official count in Dublin Castle yesterday.

Alongside Sky News, reporters from CNN, The New York Times and Al Jazeera were also among the media present. 

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