Updated: 25/05/18 : 14:10:46
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Returning home to vote Yes

Many Irish people have returned home to cast their vote in today's referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The referendum has been described as one of this generation's most divisive ballots and some living abroad were determined to be part of of the decision making.

In Sligo there were many returnees.

Gillian McCarthy, pictured, from Doo, Ballymote, made the journey home from Bedfordshire, flying into Knock to cast her vote.

The university student went to her former National School at Knockminna this morning, where the local Polling Station is established.

She told Sligo Today, "I was not going to miss this opportunity to be part of this historic process. Its too important to us and to future generations, that's why I voted Yes today.

"It was strange but nice being back at my old school as an adult and it was a surprise that I voted in my old classroom where I was a pupil from age 5 until 12. The weather was beautiful and I was delighted to shoot a few hoops on the basketball court."

However this morning a Dublin-bound passenger jet carrying dozens of Irish voters home for the country’s abortion referendum was hit by another plane preparing for take-off at Stansted Airport.

Both planes were on the taxiway when the tail of the Ryanair aircraft was clipped by the wing of a Primera flight to Malaga, Ryanair said in a statement.

An airport spokesman said both planes were required to return to the stand after the “minor airfield incident” at around 9.15am on Friday.

“No injuries have been reported and no evacuation was required from either aircraft,” the spokesman added.

“As a precaution, airfield operations were briefly suspended, but all flights have now resumed.”