Sunday 22 January 2017

Political cowardice replaces conscience

Our political leaders want it both ways on abortion: for it and against it, writes 
Gene Kerrigan

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

Cartoon by Tom Halliday
Cartoon by Tom Halliday

Looking at the mess we've made of this abortion thing, maybe we should just follow the lead of one of our notable leaders of the past, WT Cosgrave. Willie was a reactionary conservative who dominated politics in the first decade of this State's existence. I'm not saying you'll like what Willie did, but it has the virtue of being honest.

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Well, honest-ish.

In 1925 Willie had a problem with legislating for a moral issue - divorce. He tried some imaginative cute hoor strokes - special political courts, no less - then he stopped messing about and took decisive action.

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