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Demonstrators at a Pro-Choice rally in Dublin in November 2012
Demonstrators at a Pro-Choice rally in Dublin in November 2012

State papers just released under the 30-year rule reveal the meetings and correspondence that took place in 1983 between government officials and supporters of the pro-life amendment to the Constitution, which was passed that year by a two-thirds majority.

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Supporters of the amendment included the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign and the Catholic bishops. For some, the papers reveal the 'undue' influence of conservative groups and the Catholic hierarchy in that era but, of course, influence is mostly 'undue' only when you dislike it.

In every era, there will be those who exercise 'undue' influence. During the Celtic Tiger, the social partners exercised 'undue' influence.

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