I should have written before to support the YES referendum.
But as you all know, since its inception, The Mirror, has always supported it.
I suppose I could have set up links to the several posts that we have put up over time
But I had nothing more to say on the topic.
The choice in the referendum seemed obvious to me.
And I am so pleased the great majority of people in the Republic of Ireland agreed
and decided it was obvious to them too.
“I had given allegiance to a certain ideal of freedom as personified by the Irish Republic. It had not been realised except in the mind.”
Yet slowly but surely, after years of subservience to another master, the Irish Republic is taking shape and giving its allegiance to a certain ideal of personal freedom.
It really started during Enda Kenny’s premiership
Speeches like these signalled the end of the influence of the Catholic Church on Irish Society
The votes for same sex marriage and Repealing the 8th confirmed the Irish Republic was finally marching to its own tune.
The people’s tune
“We are no longer a conservative society.”
Now . . . .
Leo Varadkar promised the nationalist people of the North will never be left behind again.
And as we all know, women in Northern Ireland are still subjected to Victorian laws on abortion
due to DUP opposition to any change
Queries: How will Irish people feel as they watch Northern Irish women still paying to travel to England and elsewhere for abortions?
Will they say
Will the new law in the Republic encompass women in Northern Ireland ?
Will women who identify as Irish in NI be included in the health system in the Republic for this kind of treatment?
What will happen to Northern Irish women who identify as British?
Will Westminster directly legislate so that the UK 1967 law applies to Northern Ireland?
Or will Theresa May trade away the rights of British women in exchange for the DUP’s continuing parliamentary support?
Northern Ireland can no longer remain a bulwark against a progressive society even though
Ian Paisley MP tweeted
“NI should not be bullied into accepting abortion on demand. NI did not have a constitutional imperative on abortion it is governed by laws that can be changed. The settled will of the people has been to afford protections to the unborn life and protect the life of the mother.”
Queries: Bullied? The settled will of the people? Has anyone ever asked us what we want?
Comments: The DUP is on the wrong side of history,
It’s out of touch with how people feel on the ground.
- Civil society groups and SF are putting pressure on them on the issue of women and gay rights .
- Support for the Brexit is shrinking in Northern Ireland and the DUP are the only party advocating Brexit
- There’s a rising tide of activism in the event of any border infrastructure, should PM may not accept the “back-stop”
Yesterday’s YES vote –
Refs and Pics