Why Kenny and Martin need to stand up and show courage on the abortion issue
The words "I'm pregnant" feature amongst the happiest, most intimate moments within a life partnership - affirming parenthood as the ultimate expression of a couple's mutual love.
My wife always took responsibility for controlling family-planning in our relationship. I've never had to face the trauma of crisis pregnancy. I won't pretend I fully understand the circumstances of the 3,735 women who had their pregnancies terminated in the UK in 2014. Article 40.3.3 doesn't stop Irish abortions; it merely affords us a chance to export our problems.
The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was a profound mistake. Throughout my 21 years in Dáil Éireann, I never experienced such unpleasant divisiveness as during that misguided referendum campaign. I voted No. My Wexford constituency and the country overwhelmingly bought into pro-life/SPUC propaganda that cemented into concrete parliament's inability to legislate for compassionate cases due to fatal foetal abnormalities or for the horrendous crimes of rape and incest.