Sunday 17 December 2017

James Downey: There'll be other abortion battles and the liberals will win them all

James Downey

James Downey

THEY sang 'A Nation Once Again' outside Leinster House during the abortion debate. I don't know what point they were trying to make. But then, we've all been a bit unsure about nationhood since we lost our economic sovereignty.

Whatever side one may take in the abortion controversy, it does bear on nationhood because it is about church-state relations, a subject often described in a more pithy and less polite manner.

Daniel O'Connell said that whereas we might take our religion from Rome, we took our politics from home. Many did not believe him. They feared "Rome Rule" in an independent Ireland. To a great extent, they turned out to be right.

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