Ireland's opposition leader Micheál Martin stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by reversing his position on legalising abortion in the traditionally conservative, deeply Catholic country.

Martin will now back a repeal of the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution that bans abortion, The proposed landmark amendment will be put to a referendum in May.

“There were two things that changed my mind on the issue. The first was hearing evidence before Christmas from women wh...


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