Ireland gets an update

Inside Politics: From the second The Irish Times exit poll was published on Friday night, people knew that the change was emphatic

Yes campaigners celebrate the official result of the Irish abortion referendum at Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 26th, 2018. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Yes campaigners celebrate the official result of the Irish abortion referendum at Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 26th, 2018. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The events this weekend have been like the classic closing line of a Frank O’Connor short story: “She knew from that moment on, things would never be the same again.”

From the second The Irish Times exit poll was published on Friday night, people knew that the change was emphatic. Perhaps the underlying sentiment has been there for a long time, and this merely made it official. Or that people realised in the past few weeks, as a Yes canvasser in Roscommon, Jacinta Lynch, said yesterday: “This Ireland is out of date. We need to update Ireland.”

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