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Tomorrow, Ireland will hold a referendum on whether or not to repeal the eighth amendment of the constitution. 

A YES vote will mean that that the amendment will be repealed, and Ireland's archaic abortion laws will be changed. 

A NO vote will change nothing, and 12 women every day will still be forced to leave Ireland to source illegal abortions. 

For me, it is a simple choice, and I will be voting YES, for the women of Ireland. My friends, my future children and grandchildren. 

The exportation of our problems stops here. 

And as a YES voter, I am far from alone.

Thousands of people are getting on planes and boats (irony is not lost on me) to travel home to vote in this history-making referendum.

These people are taking to social media to share their stories, using the hashtag #HomeToVote – and honestly, I'm emotional.  

It's incredibly heartwarming to see so many Irish people making a crucial journey for the women of their nation. 

Here are some of the best tweets we've seen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Irish emigrants are once again being urged to come #HomeToVote ahead of the abortion Referendum scheduled for May 25.

As part of the campaign, the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released a two-minute video encouraging expats to return and vote in favour of repealing the Eight Amendment. 

It's estimated that around 40,000 out of the 750,000 Irish people living abroad are eligible to vote. Any person living outside the country for 18 months or less can use their vote, though they must show up in person on the day. 

Another short clip tweeted by London- Irish ARC featured a powerful message. 

"If you’re an Irish citizen and lived in Ireland in the last 18 months, wherever you are in the world right now, you may be entitled to vote."

"On the 25th of May we’re getting a once in a generation chance to make Ireland a fairer, safer place for women. Let’s do it together. Come home to vote yes to repeal the 8th Amendment."

We saw similar scenes in 2015, when thousands of Irish citizens travelled from around the world in order to have their say in the marriage equality referendum. 

A recent opinion poll conducted by The Irish Times showed a clear majority in favour of repealing the eighth amendment, 47 per cent of voters said they would vote yes, while 28 per cent said they would vote no. 20 per cent were still undecided. 

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Last weekend saw our little island make history by being the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by a popular vote.

All eyes were on Ireland as we turned out in force to polling stations to cast our vote, many travelling from far and wide.

#HomeToVote began trending and the tales of people travelling – sometimes from far-flung countries in Africa and Asia – to ensure a 'yes' vote captured the hearts of people worldwide. 

The hashtag was used more than 72,000 times in just 24 hours and Twitter has decided to commemorate this by painting #HometoVote on the wall in their San Francisco HQ.

People shared heartwarming tweets as they made the journey home for May 22 and we are so proud that we managed to capture such widespread attention. 

One image which was shared numerous times on social media depicted hundreds of people slowly making their way through Dublin Airport as they arrived in the capital on the eve of the referendum.

 

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