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She paid more than $1,500 for a three-day trip to her homeland, where she cast her vote to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, which banned virtually all forms of abortion. But in a landslide, Irish voters rejected the amendment.

"For decades, Irish women have been forced to travel hundreds of miles to our clinics in England, often alone, at a huge personal and emotional cost", said Clare Murphy of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Thousands of Irish citizens living overseas returned home to vote, posting photos of themselves wearing repeal pins, T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Max Rossi / Reuters People celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Ireland on May 26, 2018.

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"I hope they name it after Savita", Mr Yalagi said. The government has proposed allowing abortions in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, with exceptions for later terminations in some cases.

Death of a 31-year-old Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar is said to have acted as a catalyst in this movement.

"It's an Ireland that is more tolerant, more inclusive and where he can be whatever he wants without fear of recrimination", said Colm O'Riain, a 44-year-old teacher with his son Ruarai, who was born 14 weeks premature in November.

He said it will be remembered as "the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light".

She said it had been a quiet revolution in social attitudes within Ireland.

In one case in 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee said that Ireland's abortion ban had subjected a woman to "suffering and discrimination" after she was forced to choose between continuing a non-viable pregnancy or travelling overseas for an abortion.

Ruth Foster, a Belfast-born student in her final year at the University of Edinburgh, thinks many people in the rest of the United Kingdom are unaware of the legal position in Northern Ireland.

John McGuirk, communications director at Save the 8th, an antiabortion group, said the vote was "a tragedy of historic proportions".

In Ireland though, the once all-powerful Catholic Church, which has seen its public influence collapse since the 1980s after a string of child sex abuse scandals, took a back seat throughout the referendum campaign. "We have voted to look reality in the eye and we did not blink".

Abortions are now only legal in Northern Ireland if the life or mental health of the mother is at risk. "We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called 'Savita's law.' It should be named for her".

With the vote decided, attention is turning to Ireland's parliament, which will make new laws to govern abortions.

It's important to note this distinction from other countries' abortion laws.

In an address to mass-goers in Maynooth, west of Dublin, Martin said the Church needed to renew its pro-life stance not just in words but in deeds also, Irish media reported.

"First of all I know our minds and our eyes turn to the north, where there is a need for clear, comprehensive abortion legislation to be introduced to give the women in Northern Ireland access to the care that they need".