Today is a historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place and today is a great act of democracy. For me it's also a day when we say, no more. No more stigma as the veil of secrecy is lifted, and no more isolation as the burden of shame is gone.
In 1983, 84100 people voted to insert the eighth amendment into our constitution. In 2018, 1.4 million voted to remove us in almost every county almost every constituency, men and women, all social classes, and almost all age groups. To those who voted no, I know that today is not welcome.
And you may feel that the country has taken the wrong turn. That this country is a country you no longer recognize. And I want to reassure you that Ireland today is the same country as it was last week. But just a little more tolerant, more open, more respectful.