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

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

May 25, 2018 | 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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