The new legal framework to replace the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will be drafted over the summer and is set to be tabled in the Dáil in the autumn. Irish people voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing the total abortion ban in the constitution.
Voters in Friday's referendum supported rescinding the ban, adopted in 1983 as the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, by 66.4 per cent to 33.6 per cent, the final count showed.
"I'd like to thank the people of Limerick, they've showed great compassion".
"I know today is not welcome and you may feel this country has taken the wrong turn, that this country is one you no longer recognize", he said. "No doubt many people voted for repeal based on the Taoiseach's promises in this regard", Cullen said at a press conference Saturday.
Ciaran Cannon, Ireland's minister for the diaspora and worldwide development, announced his No vote on Twitter.
"It's incredible. For all the years and years and years we've been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything", said Mary Higgins, obstetrician and Together For Yes campaigner.
For those who voted No, he said: "I would like to reassure you that Ireland is still be the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open and respectful". Research suggests that at least a few hundred Irish women order abortion pills online per year, although an exact number is unknown.
McGuirk said it will now be relatively easy for the government to pass more liberal abortion laws in the parliament.
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She said she was ostracised by her friends and the Church when she got pregnant outside of marriage as a teenager 46 years ago.
Walthamstow MP Ms Creasy, who led a campaign to allow Northern Irish women to access NHS terminations for free in England, said "21st century abortion laws" should be extended across the British Isles.
People celebrate the results of referendum on liberalising abortion laws.
The results of the vote led to an outpouring of emotion from the crowd of protestors, with many chanting the "Savita, Savita", in reference to dentist Savita Halappanavar, 31, whose tragic death in 2012 sparked global outrage.
Saturday's triumph for abortion reformers occurred only months before Pope Francis visits the country - the first since John Paul II's tour of Ireland in 1979. Varadkar said he hoped the law to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy would be in place by the end of the year.
The law was tweaked in 2013 to allow terminations if the mother's life is at risk. Alliance for Choice (Northern Ireland's key grassroots activist group campaigning for abortion rights in the region) regularly campaigned for a Yes vote in the Irish counties bordering Northern Ireland.
Constituents gathered at Dublin Castle in the nation's capital, taking a moment to honor Savita Halappanavar, a dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 during a miscarriage, during which she'd asked several times for an abortion (doctors wouldn't administer one as they could still hear a fetal heartbeat).
Sinn Fein's party leaders from both sides of the border held up a placard at Dublin Castle reading: "The North is next".