Monday 15 October 2018

It was the best of times, the worst of times

Political change came via the small parties, during a five-month procession of horrors

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Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

If there was no Repeal the Eighth Amendment campaign, the past five months would still have been emotionally exhausting. It remains an extraordinary period, and a depressing one.

Yet, in that same period, forces came together to work relentlessly for change. They included people who fought against the Amendment in 1983 and lost, and young people of extraordinary energy and commitment.

On the one hand, the first five months of 2018 saw damaging eruptions of misogyny and institutional dysfunction. On the other hand, the forces fighting for repeal not alone deleted a destructive Constitutional clause, they undercut what passes for politics in this odd little country.

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