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(en) wsm.ie: Finally a referendum to Repeal the 8th - organising made this happen

Date Sun, 4 Feb 2018 10:41:36 +0200


The announcement that there will be a referendum to Repeal the hated 8th amendment is the product of decades of active campaigning. Pro-choice campaigners built for repeal ever since the referendum was passed in 1983. If at first this seemed like a distant demand now repeal looks by far the most likely outcome in May. The story of how this happened illustrates how change comes in general. That is not through elections but through people getting organised to demand that change, regardless of which politicians happen to be running the show in any particular year. ---- After all few would have predicted that it would have been a Fine Gael government supported by Fianna Fáil that would finally move forward on the referendum to repeal the 8th. We can say this with great certainty because when Labour were thrown out of power in the last election a range of pundits from the right and the left, including the Labour Party, tweeted very definite declarations that this meant there could be no referendum. How wrong they were but fortunately most pro-choice organisers stepped up their activity rather than waiting for the next election.

https://www.wsm.ie/c/finally-referendum-repeal8th-organising-made-happen
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