A note of caution for the President's wife
Since the early 1980s the question of abortion has convulsed the Irish nation on several occasions. Lamentably, some of what has passed for debate on the issue has at times amounted to mere personalised and hurtful abuse.
The incoming Government is pledged to face the issue again via a citizens' assembly. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which was voted in in September 1983, and which has been the subject of periodic controversies since then, will again be scrutinised.
It is to be hoped that our next efforts to address this difficult and divisive issue will at least be measured and respectful of everyone involved. Those involved in the discourse will note with interest the contribution of Ms Sabina Higgins, wife of Uachtaráin na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins, to a discussion in recent days.