Author: Danny Rigg

Repeal of the Eighth Amendment: The Reaction

On Saturday 26th May, the results of Ireland’s abortion referendum were declared. 66.4% voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, allowing the Oireachtas, the Irish parliament, to legislate freely on abortion. From Galway West Count Centre In Galway West, where the constituency’s result was announced shortly after 3pm at Leisureland, Salthill, 65.95% voted in favour of repeal. The referendum on the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution was widely expected to pass, but the margin of victory took many by surprise. “You don’t dare be this hopeful”, says Joanne Duffy, a pro-choice ‘Together For Yes’ activist. Despite polls...

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Why I’m Flying Home to Repeal

On Friday 25th May, I will walk out of my last exam, board a bus to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and fly to Knock, Ireland, to make, in reverse, a journey many an Irish woman has made before me. I will be doing this so no one will be forced to do so again. Between 1980 and 2016, almost 170,000 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to England and Wales for abortions. On May 25th, Ireland will be voting on whether to keep or repeal the 8th Amendment, Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, which, since a referendum in...

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