A year of storms, scandals and Brexit

The repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the exoneration of Maurice McCabe were two high points in a year otherwise memorable for the housing crisis, the CervicalCheck debacle and the ongoing slow-motion disaster that is Britain’s EU departure

23rd December, 2018
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Pro-choice supporters celebrate at Dublin Castle as the result of the abortion referendum becomes known on May 26 Pic: Getty

The political year was dominated by Brexit from start to finish. After a sustained lobbying campaign by the government and its diplomatic service, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier insisted on including a backstop in the draft withdrawal agreement to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The EU leaders endorsed that agreement. So did the Dáil.

But it all risks coming to naught, due to the chaos...

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