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Martina Devlin: We're finally leaving past behind – but no thanks to politicians

Published 04/07/2013 | 17:00

Lucinda Creighton’s credibility at stake if she stays in government
Lucinda Creighton’s credibility at stake if she stays in government

I keep expecting some of the anti-abortion politicians speaking out this week to turn misty-eyed over the removal of the marriage bar. Or to invoke the name of the judge who issued a fine and a stern warning about condoms being sold in Dublin's Virgin Megastore 20 odd years ago.

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They are out of step with public opinion. But perhaps that is no surprise. One of Dail Eireann's least appealing characteristics – conspicuous during the abortion debate – has been the microclimate bubble occupied by some of its members.

Lucinda Creighton mentioned groupthink in her speech outlining her opposition to the legislation, suggesting a lack of independent thought was pushing it through the Oireachtas.

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