Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, hails ‘a quiet revolution’ as voters return an overwhelming decision to legalise abortion in the country’s historic referendum. The Irish electorate voted by 1,429,981 votes to 723,632 in favour of abolishing a controversial constitutional amendment that gave equal legal status to the lives of a foetus and the woman carrying it. The result was a two-thirds majority: 66.4% yes to 33.6% no

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