Eighth amendment formally repealed as bill is signed into law 8 months ago

Eighth amendment formally repealed as bill is signed into law

The eighth amendment has now formally been repealed as the bill has been signed into law.

President Michael D Higgins signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 this afternoon.

This came after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated that legislation to legally allow abortion in Ireland will be introduced in the first week of October.

RTE reports that this means that abortion services will be become legally available in Ireland in the new year.

Ireland voted to repeal the eighth amendment of the constitution on May 25.

The law made abortion illegal in Ireland except where there was a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother.

66.4 percent of people voted 'Yes' to repeal the eighth amendment in May's referendum, with 33.6 percent voting 'No' to retain the amendment.

1,429,981 people voted in favour of repeal.