Abortion: Repeal side has advantage thanks changes in Irish society

Pat Leahy: Varadkar woos middle as fervour in plentiful supply on both sides of debate

Political editor of the Irish Times Pat Leahy looks at what happens next now the Government has agreed to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

The Taoiseach’s declaration that the Government will propose a referendum to abolish Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, and that he would personally back it, was hardly unexpected. But it was certainly dramatic.

The lengthy Cabinet meeting, the late-night press conference at Government Buildings carried on live television, the Taoiseach speaking directly to the nation, the reporters scrambling to make deadlines – it was all reminiscent of the dramatic days of the bailout in 2010.

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