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Live Reporting

By Amy Stewart, Paul Doran and Ali Gordon

All times stated are UK

  1. 'We will continue to 'make our voices heard' - Save the 8th campaign

    The Save The 8th Amendment campaign has released a statement in reaction to exit polls.

    It says: "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions.

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    "Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.

    "Abortion was wrong yesterday. It remains wrong today. The constitution has changed, but the facts have not."

  2. Who was Savita Halappanavar?

    Savita Halappanavar died in a Galway hospital in 2012 from sepsis after suffering complications during a miscarriage at 17 weeks.

    Her family said she repeatedly requested an abortion from medical staff, but was denied because of the presence of a foetal heartbeat.

    Multiple reports and inquests found medical failure in her death.

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    A mural of her was created in Dublin.

    Throughout polling day it became a shrine to her – with supporters leaving floral and written tributes.

    You can read more about Savita here.

  3. The people who travelled #HomeToVote

    It is thought that thousands of eligible Irish voters, living all around the world, made the journey back to cast their ballots on Friday.

    The #HomeToVote hashtag has been used hundreds of thousands times online – trending on Twitter most of Thursday and Friday.

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    Video caption: Irish abortion referendum: A warm welcome #HomeToVote in Dublin

    The campaign was driven by the pro-choice group London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign and the Facebook group Abroad for Yes.

    Read more about some of the women who travelled back to vote.

  4. BreakingJohn McGuirk says his campaign has lost the referendum

    Spokesman for Ireland's pro-life 'Save The 8th' campaign John McGuirk has conceded that his campaign has lost the referendum.

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    He says those who find themselves in the majority should "accord respect and kindness to a lot of people who are very upset.

    "There are people who are deeply broken-hearted at this outcome," he added.

  5. What do the exit polls say?

    Exit polls suggested a landslide vote in favour of liberalising the law.

    Polls by the Irish Times and RTÉ suggest about 69% voted to repeal a part of the constitution that effectively bans terminations.

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    Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who supported the reforms, said it looked as if the country was about to "make history".

    Counting began at 09:00 local time.

    The official result is expected on Saturday evening.

  6. Good morning and welcome

    Votes in Ireland's abortion referendum are being counted and we're here to bring you live updates. We'll provide you with the results, constituency-by-constituency, as they come in and we'll begin to paint a picture of how the Irish public has voted.

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    We'll also give you all the background to the referendum and reaction to the result as it emerges.