Sunday 24 June 2018

It's not about celebrating abortion: we're celebrating women

This was a very Irish referendum - because generations talked to each other

Women dressed as an angels celebrate at Dublin Castle: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Women dressed as an angels celebrate at Dublin Castle: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ciara O'Connor

For a long time, I thought that this would not be a time for celebration - relief, perhaps, or a grim comfort. I said with some certainty that there wouldn't be parties in the street.

I got it wrong. What I understand now, which I didn't understand a year ago, is that it's not abortion that's being celebrated - it's women. It's trusting and respecting them. It's treating them like autonomous adults.

It's Ireland wrapping its arms around all those who've made that lonely, frightened trip to England and saying: ''We're sorry. You are loved.''

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