Monday 27 February 2017

Citizens' Assembly a cop-out in search for solution to bitter abortion debate

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Why is this Government throwing €400,000 at a committee designed to tell us what we all already know – which is that we don’t actually know how a vote would go?
Why is this Government throwing €400,000 at a committee designed to tell us what we all already know – which is that we don’t actually know how a vote would go?

They used to say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. In Ireland, however, it would perhaps be more accurate to say that when the going gets tough, the tough form a committee.

If people thought the gay marriage referendum was full of rancour from both sides, it was as naught compared to what we can expect from the inevitable referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Yet, despite the fact we have had numerous debates in the Dáil, two referendums and the explicit advice of an Attorney General that any change to the current laws would require another visit to the voting booth, our tough, visionary leaders have decided that the situation is so dire we need a . . . Citizens' Assembly.

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