Friday September 25, 2020

So what was last week's drama all about then?

The Dáil's reluctance to move for a referendum on the issue of abortion has exposed the cowardice of our politicians, writes Tom McGurk.

13th July, 2013
Labour TD Joanna Tuffy drives past anti-abortion protesters outside Leinster House after the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill on Thursday night. Photo: Photocall

Months of controversy about a tragic hospital death in Galway, weeks of public hearings involving medical and legal experts, miles and miles of media coverage until finally, in the end, there were hours and hours of Dáil debate, even as the dawn broke and the bar stayed open.

What was achieved by this monumental effort involving our entire political and media classes, huge amounts of government time and taxpayers' money? In truth, very...

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