Voters have overwhelmingly supported the proposal to remove blasphemy as an offence from the Constitution. The final result from Friday’s referendum shows that 64.85% voted Yes while 35.15% voted No. A total of 951,650 people voted for the change, with 515,808 opposing the move. According to RTÉ, Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster, the turnout was 43.79%.
Just 24 hours after Ireland’s constitutional protection of the unborn ended with President Michael D Higgins’ signing into law of the referendum result, Health Minister Simon Harris announced that abortion will be provided free on the health service, at the expense of the tax-payer. Is this what the Irish people want the healthcare budget spent on?
The visit of the Holy Father to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families was a welcome one. The four-day congress that began last Wednesday in Dublin was positive, the Saturday night Festival of Families in Croke Park was uplifting and the final Mass, held at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park was as poignant as it was powerful. The problem however of a Church plagued with past clerical sex abuse scandals unfortunately overshadowed the entire visit.
Pope Francis will visit the Republic on August 25 and 26 as part of the World Meeting of Families, which the Catholic Church holds every three years.
WITH the countdown on to the Pope’s visit to Ireland in August a protest group is encouraging people to book tickets for the papal events – and not show up.
On the 25th of May 2018, the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to empower Dáil Éireann- the Irish Parliament – to change their Constitution, thus paving the way for the legalisation of abortion in the Republic of Ireland. As a result of the referendum, article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution will be repealed. This article, commonly called the Eight Amendment, had since its insertion into the Constitution thirty-five years ago, guaranteed to protect as far as practicable the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. It prohibited abortion in almost all cases. By repealing the Eight Amendment, the Irish people empowered their Government to legislate for abortion up to twelve weeks and indeed beyond, should the will of certain political parties be granted.