From left: Eoghan Murphy TD, Fine Gael Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, and Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, speak to media outside Government Buildings yesterday regarding the date of the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Judith Goldberger writes:
It would seem that in the forthcoming Referendum the turnout of women and young people is critical to a “Yes” vote on repeal of the Eight Amendment and therefore on enacting any legislation that might following.
The now announced date of May 25th is to be welcomed from the latter perspective in particular, as it will enable eligible students to vote more easily. Let us hope so.
The late Maurice E Dockrell TD, during a 1975 Oireachtas debate on contraception, is alleged to have said “I’m for it, but I’m past it”.
The decision on May 25 should not be left to those who were never up for it in the first place whether they ever got to be past it or not. That has been the case previously.