Sunday May 31, 2020

The ballot that gives reform a bad name

The recent trial of Gail O’Rorke reignited the issue of assisted suicide, and specifically whether it should be a criminal offence to help a terminally ill person end their suffering by taking their own life.

9th May, 2015

In the Dáil last Friday, deputies debated the repeal of the 8th (Pro-Life) amendment to the Constitution – the latest instalment in Ireland’s long-running dispute with itself on the abortion issue. The constitution still recognises the special duties of women in the home.

There are political issues too. The fact that the banking inquiry must run its questions past lawyers in advance, and will not be in a position to make...

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