Love Both's Katie Ascough gives statement following expected landslide victory for 'Yes' 11 months ago

Love Both's Katie Ascough gives statement following expected landslide victory for 'Yes'

Katie Ascough has issued a statement following the expected landslide victory for the 'Yes' campaign.

The Love Both anti-abortion campaigner said that today's expected result is a "sad day for Ireland" and that the pro-life campaign's work is "now more important than ever."

Speaking at a vote tally today in Dublin, Ascough said:

"Thank you to the volunteers who have been working tirelessly for months, some who have been canvassing for years.

"Not even today's result will discourage us from this cause which is now more important than ever. Your efforts are not in vain.

"We commit ourselves to working towards the day when the lives of mothers and children are fully supported in Ireland."

No questions were taken after Ascough's statement.

The Save the 8th campaign also issued a statement this morning following early tallies and last night's exit polls.

They called the expected result a "tragedy of historical proportions."

They said:

"The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist.

"What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it."

The results of the referendum are ongoing.