The No side wanted lawyer Maria Steen to represent them in tonight's TV debate; RTE had previously announced Cora Sherlock would represent the No side with Sinn Féin's Peadar Toibin.
Reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on the rights of the unborn was swift and divided. Pro-choice advocates welcomed it, while anti-abortion campaigners said it was rushed and that it exposed Government “hostility” to the unborn child.
The Taoiseach is hoping a cross-party committee examining Ireland’s abortion laws will meet a December deadline on a decision after the members voted, by a majority in favour of not retaining the Eighth Amendment “in full”.
A Government TD has broken ranks to call on Health Minister Simon Harris to consider buying the €300m land on which the new National Maternity Hospital will be built in a bid to end the escalating scandal.
The announcement by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald that the waiting time for a couple seeking a divorce may be reduced is a further indication the Government does not take seriously its constitutional duty to guard marriage with “special care”, according to the Iona Institute.
No vote campaigners “absolutely believe” the yes side has “already lost” the same-sex marriage referendum, despite “bullying, name-calling, and a shocking campaign of intimidation” by the Government and the media.
A group which says people can change their sexuality through counselling and “conversion therapy” is set to hold a public meeting on the same-sex marriage referendum today, after claiming the national debate is mired in political “bias”.
WELL, that was some wait, wasn’t it? Nearly 900 days ago, one million people in Ireland voted in a referendum on the rights of children. This weekend, after endless delays caused by a legal challenge, the Supreme Court has decided that your decision must stand. At last.
“I intend giving this warning to everyone — you will not on this programme, you or anyone else, use the word ‘homophobia’. You will not use that word about anybody”. So said Joe Duffy on the RTÉ Liveline programme last Friday.
Good guy, Donal Lenihan, and a fine analyst both in print and on TV, but don’t ever ask him if you’re looking well — and if you do and he tells you you’re the picture of health, then depart rapidly in several directions, writes.
If the Iona Institute and fellow-travellers admitted they are against the passing of the pending amendment to the Constitution because their Church opposes it, I would have more respect for them. The same folk opposed civil (but not Church) divorce — claiming it would create a deluge, whereas in truth we have the lowest divorce rate in Europe.