Sunday 19 August 2018

Ian O'Doherty: The referendum will be bitter. But we need to lance this boil

'A' bomb debate: Prepare for the fun and games to begin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
'A' bomb debate: Prepare for the fun and games to begin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Are we nearly there, yet? Are we nearly there, yet?

This week's decision by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment - not to be confused with the Citizens' Assembly squawking shop on abortion; at least this committee involves elected representatives, not busy bodies - actually looks like it will finally move this incessant issue forward and, for that, we should all be grateful.

A 16-4 vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment has now cleared the path for Leo Varadkar to carry out his promised referendum on the issue, most likely to be held in May.

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