Opinion Analysis

Sunday 19 November 2017

Threatening to sound death knell for the Angelus bell

BRIAN DOWLING

BY ANY measure the kind of changes advocated in Irish life in the report of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation seem relatively modest today than they might have three years ago.

BY ANY measure the kind of changes advocated in Irish life in the report of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation seem relatively modest today than they might have three years ago.

Changes to the Angelus, the possibility of alternative national anthems for non-official occasions, the greater availability of certain medical procedures are far from the fundamental shift that has already taken place.

For instance the final draft of the Forum's report dealing with obstacles to reconciliation in the Republic mentions two major issues Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution and the prohibition on divorce. The draft was prepared in December 1995 but was never finalised or published because the Canary Wharf bombing occurred some weeks later and the work of the Forum was suspended.

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