Ireland’s PM staked his reputation on change and will reap dividends of the result

Ireland’s landslide vote to repeal its abortion ban was an extraordinary political success for Ireland’s young prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who staked his political reputation and possibly his job on a conviction that his fast-changing country would support change.

The scale of the victory means legislation outlined by Varadkar before the vote is likely to pass through parliament relatively unhindered.

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