Assembly was catalyst for changing hearts and minds

Assembly was catalyst for changing hearts and minds

Consensus-building in the Citizens’ Assembly enabled Irish people to embark on a journey of reflection that led to Friday’s vote

The referendum on the Eighth Amendment has fundamentally changed the nature of campaigning in Ireland. The abortion poll marks a radical departure in how electioneering will be conducted in this country.

It is civil society, not political parties, that now holds the persuasive power to alter the Irish Constitution.

Momentum for the abortion referendum originated from the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly. This assembly of 99 randomly selected Irish citizens was a unique exercise in...

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