Daly's failed bill was a missed chance for social progress
The failed attempt by Clare Daly to get a bill authorising termination in case of fatal foetal abnormality passed by the Dáil is surely disappointing for the families who have to deal with such tragedies.
Anything to ease the sadness and pressure on these families would be welcome. Unfortunately, some people in Fine Gael don't seem to agree. Perhaps Catholic conservatism is too deeply ingrained in their prominent supporters to go along with the bill or perhaps they don't want Clare Daly, a socialist of the first stripe, to get the political credit for such a worthwhile step. Whatever the reason, a chance to make some social progress was missed.
In 2016, this country will be celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Rising, perhaps the most famous and far-reaching event in our country's recent history. The 1916 Proclamation, among many fine idealistic statements, stated, "The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens".