The Citizens Assembly met this weekend for the final time as the assembly continued to reconsider Ireland's controversial constitutional restrictions on abortion.

 

And it looks like everything is about to change, with the majority voting for access to abortions without restrictions.

 

Various members have been tweeting about it on social media today, with many praising the assembly for finally coming to the result that mostly everybody wanted.

 

It's a massive win for the pro-choice movement, which saw a 64 percent favour in access to abortions without restrictions.

 

And Twitter has been swamped with reactions to the news:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Citizens’ Assembly have made clear that the Oireachtas must assume responsibility for legislating for abortion.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

 

Commenting today, Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The Assembly members have recommended this matter be put fairly and squarely in the hands of the legislators – where it should always have been. 

 

“Our politicians know it is their duty, as members of the Oireachtas, to make laws.  When circumstances and public opinion are clearly demonstrating an urgent need for new legislation, they cannot shirk their responsibility. 

 

“The Government cynically established the Citizens’ Assembly to avoid making difficult decisions themselves.  Through their hard work and dedication, the Assembly members concluded what the Government should have known all along: that is the role of the legislature to legislate.

 

“This puts it up to our politicians now.  There’s nothing left for them to hide behind; they need to get on with addressing this issue once and for all," Ailbhe added.

 

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