Monday 23 October 2017

Historic speech in Dail signals break from past

There are thousands of words spoken in the Dail every day and most of them go unnoticed. But it is safe to say that historians of church-State relations will be checking the transcripts of what happened yesterday for years to come.

They will find a brave speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny – one from a man who is clearly wrestling with the difficulties of trying to bring in the first legislation to regulate abortion here since 1861.

The main target of his intervention was the Catholic bishops, who had accused the Government of misleading the people about the abortion bill and saying that it would permit "the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child".

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