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A STEP TOO FAR? Ireland is set to vote on repealing the Eighth Amendment. It’s a measure of how far opinion has shifted on the issue that the relevant Parliamentary Committee has included among its fourteen recommendations a proposal that would permit abortion on demand below twelve weeks. The Cabinet is currently considering, and the … Continue reading A STEP TOO FAR? 1802 (2) CXII
TWENTY FIVE YEARS ON (1) 2017 was not all bad news. In November Ratko Mladic – the “Butcher of Bosnia” – was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. While some would consider appropriate in Mladic’s case the words of Bishop Moriarty of Kerry … Continue reading TWENTY FIVE YEARS ON (1) 1802 CXI
A WATERSHED? December 2017 may well prove a “watershed moment”, for Ireland, for Britain and for Europe. The hyperbole may in this case be justified. We shall see. The issue was Britain quitting the European Union –Brexit; the event was the December European Council meeting; the result was agreement to proceed with substantive negotiations on … Continue reading A WATERSHED? 1801 CX
WHERE ARE WE AT? Albert Reynolds reflected ruefully after his downfall that it was the small hurdles rather than the major ones which tripped you up. Leo Varadkar would do well to keep those words in mind as well as Harold Macmillan’s dictum that the best laid plans could be negated by “events, dear boy, … Continue reading WHERE ARE WE AT? 1712 CIX