Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

There was a majority Yes vote in yesterday’s historic referendum.

Irish citizens were asked whether or not to delete Article 40.33.3 of the Constitution (or the Eighth Amendment) and replace it with a new Article allowing the Oireachtas to legislate on the issue.

The Eighth Amendment, which was inserted in 1983, gives the unborn an equal right to life as the mother and therefore bans abortion in almost all cases.

What happens now?

Things will not change overnight.

The Government still has to pass the legislation it said it would in the event of a Yes vote, which would legalise abortion in certain circumstances.

The legislation will be put before the Oireachtas and will take some time to pass through.

The Government has published draft heads of a Bill to show what will replace the Eighth Amendment. You can read it here.

Under the Government plan, terminations will be accessible within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

There will be a waiting period of 72 hours to allow for reflection, and counselling to allow alternatives to be offered and considered.

Abortions after 12 weeks will remain illegal except in very specific instances.

It’s believed women here who need to avail of abortion services won’t be able to do so legally until the end of the year at the very earliest.