Nicola Anderson: A year marked by tragedy, gang deaths and cutbacks
IT stood out as the most devastating picture of the year. Through this simple portrait of a radiant young woman with her luminous eyes and impish smile, clad in the exotic and silken finery of her native India, two decades of Irish government inaction were revealed to the world.
We learned of the terrible death of Savita Hallappanavar (31) through the searingly painful accounts of her husband, Praveen. She had died as a result of a septic miscarriage, having begged doctors to carry out an abortion once it was known that the 17-week-old foetus she was carrying was non-viable.
Praveen's revelations shattered the uneasy position of procrastination in which the State had taken refuge over the past 20 years and caused worldwide condemnation, shaming the Government into action at last. Legislative measures will be brought forth in the new year.