Thirty-five years of war: Bitter legacy of Eighth Amendment

The abortion issue has convulsed the country repeatedly since the 1983 referendum

In 1983, the Eighth Amendment was added to Ireland's constitution, banning abortion. Today, 35 years on, voters decide to retain or repeal. Video: Kathleen Harris

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendum campaigns.

During it, political parties were split, society was riven by bitter divisions and a succession of referendums failed to resolve the issue in a conclusive manner.

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