Sunday 22 October 2017

James Downing: From Savita to Lucinda: The battle to win hearts

A Vigil For Life Rally
A Vigil For Life Rally

James Downing

ONE way or the other, this issue has been dragging its way through Dail Eireann for the past eight months. It is a subset of something which has recurred, too often with shameful personalised abuse masquerading as national debate, at various times for fully 30 years.

By 10pm today the draft abortion legislation should have cleared Dail Eireann, bringing things close to a political resolution of sorts. But a month ago we learnt that the Irish people had moved beyond the political classes, as an Ipsos-MRBI survey showed overwhelming backing not just for this legislation, but for more far-reaching measures.

Within the bubble of Leinster House, there is huge emphasis, gossip and speculation on the political consequences of this drama, which has been played out there since last November.

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