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Labour has a liberal shot left, and it's not abortion

The junior coalition party will lose sight of what is actually attainable if it gets distracted, says 
Fionnan Sheahan

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

Ivana Bacik: The senator conveniently forgets that Labour is actually in power.
Ivana Bacik: The senator conveniently forgets that Labour is actually in power.

Won't it be a great boost to the status of the Seanad to have a referendum initiated there. The proposal will emerge from an all-party committee made up of members of the Upper House, the Senate chamber will host hearings to listen to the views of experts and the legislation will evolve from the deliberations to be then passed on to the Dail for ratification.

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Within months, there'll be a referendum on abortion to repeal the eighth amendment to the Constitution from 1983, which acknowledged the right to life of the unborn, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.

At least, that's the only conclusion to be drawn from the statement this week from the lead representative of the junior coalition party in the Seanad.

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