Friday 16 November 2018

Jody Corcoran: Guttural roar for an end to hypocrisy and shame

Abortion referendum defies political analysis and brings into the light our troubled history with the born and unborn, writes Jody Corcoran

The Fianna Fail TDs who opposed the repealing of the Eighth Amendment gather for a photocall.
The Fianna Fail TDs who opposed the repealing of the Eighth Amendment gather for a photocall.
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

There will be those deemed to be the political winners and losers but the result of the abortion referendum, in a vivid sense, defies analysis through the normal prism of politics as usual.

The sheer scale of the Yes vote, in a way, minimises politics as we know it and maximises to a visceral, guttural roar what must amount to be a demand to end decades of hypocrisy and shame.

In the final days or week of the campaign, you could sense a collective rolling back of the carpet and a taking out into the light, perhaps for the first time, matters which had been swept underneath throughout the generations stretching back to the foundation of the State and before that, to a time when the first bodies were buried in a field in Tuam.

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