Originally posted by @no1marauder
The voters in the Republic overwhelmingly pass a referendum repealing a constitutional ban on abortion. https://www.politico.eu/article/official-result-percent-back-repealing-irish-abortion-ban-eighth-amendment/
Maybe the priests don't run the place like Finnegan once said.
In contrast to the self-described Irish American No1Marauder, Finnegan was born in and
grew up in the Republic of Ireland, so he has experienced much more of life there.
I have no doubt that Finnegan welcomes the recent changes in the Republic of Ireland,
including electing an openly gay Taoiseach and easing its strict laws about abortion.
"The country [vote] has enabled the government in Dublin to introduce abortion in
Ireland’s health service *up to 12 weeks* into pregnancy."
But Ireland's 'pro-choice' law will still be significantly more restrictive than the 1967 law
in England, Scotland, and Wales, which permits abortions *up until 24 weeks* into pregnancy.
Women in England, Scotland, and Wales will have *more freedom of choice* than women in the Republic of Ireland.
I expect that there still will be Irish women who travel to England in order to terminate
their pregnancies after the 12th week up until the 24th week.
Historians concur with Finnegan that the Catholic Church has exerted a disproportionately
powerful influence on the Republic of Ireland's social and political life, though this has
begun to change as Irish people (like most Europeans) have become less religious.
Éamon de Valera made this famous speech about his vision of an ideal Ireland.
"The ideal Ireland that we would have, the Ireland that we dreamed of, would be the home
of a people who valued material wealth only as a basis for right living, of a people who,
satisfied with frugal comfort, devoted their leisure to the things of the spirit – a land whose
countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be
joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contest of
athletic youths and the laughter of happy maidens, whose firesides would be forums for
the wisdom of serene old age. The home, in short, of a people living the life that God
desires that men should live. With the tidings that make such an Ireland possible, St. Patrick
came to our ancestors fifteen hundred years ago promising happiness here no less than
happiness hereafter. It was the pursuit of such an Ireland that later made our country
worthy to be called the island of saints and scholars. It was the idea of such an Ireland -
happy, vigorous, spiritual - that fired the imagination of our poets; that made successive
generations of patriotic men give their lives to win religious and political liberty; and that
will urge men in our own and future generations to die, if need be, so that these liberties
may be preserved..."
--Éamon de Valera
"Although de Valera actually said "happy maidens" in the broadcast, the phrase was
"comely maidens" in the prepared text sent in advance to the newspapers, printed in
the following day's Irish Press, and reprinted in Maurice Moynihan's 1980 anthology."
"The 1943 speech in later years has been critiqued and often derided as archetypal of de Valera's
traditionalist view of an isolationist, agricultural land where women held a traditional role."