Pro-choice and anti-abortion backers have their say in historic referendum after bruising run-up

Ruth Shaw and 20 of her family members and friends had flights lined up to a wedding in New York when the date was set for Ireland’s referendum on legalising abortion. None of them thought twice about what to do.

“We changed our flights,” said Shaw, who voted to lift a decades-old ban on abortion on Friday. “It’s really important, I’ve got two daughters.” At 6.55am, she was waiting with Simi, nine, outside Our Lady’s Clonskeagh Parish secondary school, second in line to cast her vote before heading to the airport.

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