A moment of Irish history ends a long, painful struggle

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Repeal supporters gather in the courtyard of Dublin Castle to celebrate the referendum result Pic: Getty

Yesterday’s victory for the Yes side will serve as catharsis for a generation of Irish women who had endured painful experiences

As tallywoman Vanessa O’Sullivan watched the ballot boxes being opened at the RDS in Dublin 4 early yesterday morning, she froze.

She had not logged on to social media since she had turned off her phone the day before. She had no idea what to expect. She saw Yes tick after Yes tick as the first ballots were counted. She felt no sense of celebration, just relief. All she could say was: “There will be...

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