Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bruce Arnold: Failure in abortion legislation shows futility of referenda

Published 19/11/2012 | 17:00

It is two years, almost to the day, since the full blast of financial and sovereignty crisis hit Ireland with Patrick Honohan's RTE broadcast announcing the bailout on November 18, 2010.

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We were in deep political crisis. Fianna Fail had realised they could not fight an election with Cowen as leader. He was discredited, the party divided.

Enda Kenny's moment had arrived. A campaign strategy of credible-enough promises and a sense of purpose impressed voters.

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