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
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.