Thursday 14 December 2017

Fiscal friction

• Given the exclusively economic focus of the fiscal treaty, one might have hoped, on this occasion at least, to have been spared the habitual arguments about abortion, which, despite dire predictions, has not materialised as the result of the passing of any EU treaty over the past 25 years.

It is disappointing, therefore, to find this and related topics being reintroduced in David Quinn's article (Irish Independent, April 30), which intimated that pro-life and pro-family voters may vote against the treaty because of dissatisfaction with the Government's attitude to these matters.

I have always thought that one of the distinguishing features of religion is that it is based on principle, not on trade-offs or moral blackmail. There will surely be other more direct and appropriate electoral opportunities to pass judgment in due course on the Government's handling of such issues.

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