The decisive outcome of the landmark referendum held Friday exceeded expectations and was cast as a historic victory for women's rights. "It is wrong to stay silent, and especially wrong to stay silent when the crowd is totally against you".
"I just want to commend everybody who came out and voted, whether they voted yes or no, its very important that people voted". It would also likely end the need for thousands of Irish women to travel overseas - mostly to neighboring Britain - for abortions they can't get at home.
The Friday turnout was 64.13% - a record high.
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).
A demonstration for change was due to take place at Belfast City Hall on Monday, the Solidarity with Repeal group said.
"The people have spoken".
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who was in favor of the repeal, hailed it as the result of "a quiet revolution", and said voters demonstrated that they "trust and respect women to make the right choices and decisions about their own health care".
"Thank you so much for making today possible".
Simon Harris said he would start the process on Tuesday, when the Irish cabinet will meet to discuss draft legislation to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.
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The referendum comes three months before Pope Francis visits Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.
Roscommon-Galway, the only constituency to reject same-sex marriage, voted for change this time by 57 percent. Scandal after scandal of child abuse involving priests was uncovered.
People over 65 voted 60 percent against.
"It must not be forgotten that us women in Northern Ireland are still persecuted by a Victorian-era abortion ban", Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International said in a statement on Saturday.
"The stories, the experiences, women's voices, women's and couples, it was a central part of our strategy", she told reporters.
"I think this is only the beginning of a really, really strong grass-roots movement with the pro-life campaign and their supporting groups", she said.
Support for reform was so widespread that the No campaign conceded defeat several hours before the referendum count was finished. "The exciting thing now is that for the women that this has affected, the guilt and shame can slowly be lifted (and) they can begin to heal knowing that the country is behind them and supports them".
The Eighth Amendment to the Republic's constitution was then introduced in 1983 following a referendum. Terminating a pregnancy carries a 14-year maximum jail term.
Abortions are now only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk.
"Yes" campaigners argued that with over 3,000 women travelling to Britain each year for terminations - a right enshrined in a 1992 referendum - and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion is already a reality in Ireland.