'Will we be welcome in our home now? - women who had an abortion
SENATOR Lynn Ruane told how her friend who had an abortion asked her, 'Will we be welcome in our home now?' as a result of the predicted victory for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
The Independent senator, from Tallaght, Co Dublin, was very emotional as the tallies predicted a huge win for the Yes side and she said Ireland was now ready to make women, who’ve had terminations, feel a sense of peace.
“My friend, who travelled for an abortion sat with my last night and said ‘Lynn, will we be welcome in our home tomorrow.’” Ms Ruane told Independent.ie.
“Those words really stuck in my mind. Women who had abortions in England didn’t feel at home in Ireland because of the Eighth Amendment.
“They felt rejected and shamed by portions of society. I hope all those women feel welcome from today on because they are our women, they are Irish women and this is indeed their home.”
The mother-of-two had campaigned hard for a the Yes side but even she didn’t realise just how huge the shift towards repealing the Eighth Amendment would be across the city, according to tally indicators.
“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “I jumped out of bed this morning, it’s very hard not to be excited about this.
“I am hoping by the end of today we will be in for a great result. This is a hugely historic day for Ireland.”
Ms Ruane said she had watched the exit poll results last night with her daughters and her grandmother and that three generations had been “delighted.”
“There was such excitement at home last night with the exit poll results,” she said.
“You only have to look at the fact of the breakdown of the polls, older women got out in large proportions, as well as the young. This is definitely historical for Ireland.
“I didn’t think we would see such huge expected results for Yes, I didn’t believe it would be as high as this to be honest and I’ve been ignoring calls from the media all week to wait to see what happened.
Constituencies with the strongest Yes/No vote
The table below shows the top five constituencies with the strongest vote for or against repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Dublin Bay South 78.49% 21.51%
Dún Laoghaire 77.06% 22.94%
Dublin Fingal 76.96% 23.04%
Dublin Central 76.51% 23.49%
Dublin Rathdown 76.10% 23.90%
Donegal 48.13% 51.87%
“I wanted to wait for Sunday to talk about this openly because
of the fear of waking up feeling disappointed.
“I thought we would win by a small margin, but nothing like this.”
While many had expected the capital to vote in the majority for the Yes side, it was believed that more rural areas of the country would side with No.
However, Ms Ruane said that she was urged to believe rural Ireland could be the changing voice in the campaign due to public reaction she had witnessed in Leitrim and Longford in recent days.
“I was so surprised,” she said. “This was rural Ireland. But the reception we got for the Yes campaign in those counties was just something else.
“Workmen, in 30s and 40s, were supporting us. Men driving delivery vans and trucks were beeping like mad for Yes as we canvassed.
“The No campaign were down the street and it was a case of they were getting very few beeps from motorists.
“I thought if we can get this much support from motorists, we may have it but I never expected this much support and it’s just such an incredible day in Ireland.”