The people have moved on from the Ireland of the 1980s

The people have moved on from the Ireland of the 1980s

The Eighth Amendment was meant to be the ultimate bastion of moral conservatism. But its wording was so extreme as to carry with it the seed of its own destruction

The outcome of last Friday’s referendum marks, I hope, the beginning of the end of a particularly fraught period in Irish politics and law.

If the Eighth Amendment had never been created in 1983, the complexity of all the issues surrounding the circumstances in which a pregnancy may be ended would most likely have been reflected in a series of enactments by the Oireachtas to adapt our laws to modern realities and attitudes. Elevating...

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