Monday 16 July 2018

Leo must lead, instead of just dodging the question

The majority in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment isn't solid enough to take risks, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Leo Varadkhar: ‘Every time he’s asked to expound on his own position, the Taoiseach either hides behind the committee’s findings, or raises alarmist bugbears. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Leo Varadkhar: ‘Every time he’s asked to expound on his own position, the Taoiseach either hides behind the committee’s findings, or raises alarmist bugbears. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eilis O'Hanlon

At the start of the year, it seemed impossible that the referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution might be lost.

Suddenly it doesn't seem so incredible that it might fall at the final hurdle. Nerves are starting to creep into the pro-choice campaign.

It's responded by becoming ever more strident against pro-life opinion. When it became known that last week's curator of the @ireland Twitter account was a young American woman with pro-life views, she became the target of collective harassment and character assassination by online squads of pro-choice trolls, who seemed stupidly unaware of how ugly this looked to people who did not share their contempt for those with differing views on the issue. So much for Ireland of the welcomes. The visitor in question was not even using the account to tweet about abortion, as previous pro-choice advocates have done.

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