Monday 11 December 2017

Martina Devlin: We're finally leaving past behind – but no thanks to politicians

Lucinda Creighton’s credibility at stake if she stays in government
Lucinda Creighton’s credibility at stake if she stays in government

I keep expecting some of the anti-abortion politicians speaking out this week to turn misty-eyed over the removal of the marriage bar. Or to invoke the name of the judge who issued a fine and a stern warning about condoms being sold in Dublin's Virgin Megastore 20 odd years ago.

They are out of step with public opinion. But perhaps that is no surprise. One of Dail Eireann's least appealing characteristics – conspicuous during the abortion debate – has been the microclimate bubble occupied by some of its members.

Lucinda Creighton mentioned groupthink in her speech outlining her opposition to the legislation, suggesting a lack of independent thought was pushing it through the Oireachtas.

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