After a period of rather depressing World politics in which progressive forces have been seen to be in retreat, yesterdays result from Ireland is a bit of fresh air.
Indeed the social change in Ireland since 1983 when the 8the amendment Gave constitutional recognition to the equal right to life of the unborn to entrench the statutory prohibition of abortion by 66.9% to 33.1% to repeal by 66.4% to 33.6% is staggering
The 2015 which saw a similar landslide in favour of same sex sex marriages pointed to this change .
As a fan of the Saw Doctors it came as no surorise that the e REPEAL project release music video for Saw Doctors Everyday ahead of referendum
The emotional track was written in 1995 about the Irish women who travel overseas each day in order to access abortions and the proper medical care.
Listen to it and hope that it no longer happens
On the repeal of the 8th
Those of us viewing politics outside the republic have often been bemused by the dominance of two conservative parties in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail the latter 20 the 2011 election for the the first time since the September 1927 election that it was not the largest party in the chamber.
It is the more socially conservative Fianna Fáil that is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and of Liberal International whereas Fine Gael is a member of European People's Party and a member of the Centrist Democrat International.
Maybe it is time to stop defining Irish politics via Pro and Anti treaty parties of the 1920's and 30's.
But if Ireland is changing to a more Liberal society post Brexit UK (outside Scotland) seems to be heading thhe other away.
it is not impossible for Jacob Rees Mogg who would like to take us back to the sort of Catholic Conservativism that Ireland has thrown off to become Prime Minister.
Who knows that in a short time those of us who regard ourselves as Socially Progressive will we be soon envying Ireland?
Indeed will we see a UK version of the Saw Doctors Everyday only about women making the sad journey the other way.