The Guardian newspaper asked me for my quick analysis of the Irish abortion referendum results. My comments appear on their live blog. Below is a fuller version of my comments, including a link to what I believe was one of the most perceptive (and overlooked) tweets on the campaign.
Final Full Results via RTÉ – https://www.rte.ie/news/eighth-amendment/results/
“A landslide. To call the scale and extent of the Yes vote anything else is to way understate and underestimate it.
While most people saw a Yes majority coming, very few – and this includes the pundits and commentators – forecast anything on this scale.
The general assumption right up to the last week was that the Yes would win decisively, with a comfortable margin, leaving the No side in the low 40s nationally and tipping just over the 50% mark in the western, more rural constituencies.