It's not about celebrating abortion: we're celebrating women
This was a very Irish referendum - because generations talked to each other
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.''