An 81-year-old campaigner has said he is "elated" with the abortion referendum result.
Speaking to RTE News journalist Philip Bromwell, women's rights campaigner Mr Frank Crummey said he didn't think the vote "would happen in his lifetime".
"I'm elated and I now feel, genuinely, I'll be 82 in a few weeks, and I could die happy now because I've seen this," he said.
"I didn't think, I knew it would happen, it's only step in the emancipation of women but I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime.
"But it has... and I'm very grateful to the people of Ireland for giving me that pleasure."
Frank spoke after Ireland voted 'Yes' to repealing the Eighth Amendment, with a 66.4pc majority.
Ireland is still some distance from the point where abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy is actually legal. Even though President Michael D Higgins will be able to sign the relevant order to repeal the Eighth Amendment in the coming days, the Dail has still to pass the much-talked about abortion legislation.
It took me a moment to understand what the exit poll said. So many of us were afraid to hope it would pass at all. Sixty-eight per cent yes. Could it be true? Tears. We had talked anxiously all day about the result. Would it be like divorce - a cliffhanger with fewer than 9,000 votes in it? What would that mean for the legislation? It'll never be like marriage equality. This was a harder sell, we were told repeatedly.
Last October a small group of TDs and senators from different parties came together to provide an umbrella for Oireachtas members who were in favour of repeal. The group hoped to support a mainstream campaign to deliver a referendum and a Yes vote. At the time there was concern that the referendum might not even get through the Oireachtas. If it did, they worried that those who had been at the vanguard of repeal for decades might construct a campaign that would be so focused on women's right to choose that the centre ground would be driven into the arms of the anti-repeal side.