In Leo Varadkar’s resignation speech, he said: “I’m proud that we have made the country [Irealand] a more equal and more modern place when it comes to the rights of children, the LGBT community, equality for women and their bodily autonomy.” Although he said his “reasons for stepping down now are personal and political”, journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards highlighted that it was “under his leadership that the government a couple of weeks ago lost two atrociously badly-framed referendums that were essentially pointless”. One amendment to the Constitution, promoting “durable relationships” as equal to marriage, was rejected by 67.69 per cent of votes, and a second on ending the State’s commitment to stay-at-home mums was voted down by 73.93 per cent. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Dudley Edwards said: “They horrified a large section of the population who saw them as an attack on the family, not least in taking the words woman and mother out of the constitution. The outcome was among the most humiliating referendum results ever for any government.”