Wednesday February 26, 2020

Parties must work for successful referendum

Many politicians were cowed into silence by the ugliness of anti-choice tactics in the 80s, but the debate needs to be different this time

17th December, 2017

Will it be different this time? During my years in public life, abortion was the issue that most politicians – myself included – would have preferred to avoid. If in retrospect such a stance seems indefensible, it was scarcely surprising.

The ugliness of the engagements in the battles of the early 80s left their mark. The wounds were raw and memories vivid from the ill-judged campaign that, contrary to expert advice, enshrined the Eighth Amendment...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

State catching up with higher-than-average increase in number of new companies

Rachel Lavin | 1 week ago

Refusing to discuss Irish unity no longer makes any sense for the DUP –talking about a united Ireland is not the same as supporting it

Deirdre Heenan | 1 week ago

A Sinn Féin-led government would have many implications for the country, from tax on banks to the housing market to a border poll

Ian Guider | 1 week ago