Tuesday 23 January 2018

Enda and Micheál collude to ensure we do nothing to change absurd abortion law

Photo: Tony Gavin
Photo: Tony Gavin
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

What does the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael written 'confidence and supply' agreement have in common with last week's UN Human Rights Committee report on Ireland's abortion law that found we are in breach of human rights conventions?

The commonality is "justiciability". It was a new term to me, meaning "unenforceable in court of law". Otherwise each document is mutually repugnant.

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin colluded to deprive us of democratic opportunity to reconsider the ban on abortion in the likely lifetime of the 32nd Dáil. Neither has the courage to explicitly say so. They're hiding in the first instance behind the derisory delay of a Citizens' Assembly to be established by November. It's portrayed as consultative participatory inclusion of ordinary people. It has zero merit.

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