Ireland: Borders of the middle ground being redrawn in abortion debate

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Una Mullally: Borders of the middle ground being redrawn in abortion debate
Micheál Martin’s support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment is already being described as a key moment in the campaign

Jan 21, 2018
Una Mullally

A referendum campaign begins when a date is called and ends when the votes are counted. Officially. But on social issues in Ireland, we know that’s not the case. “Matters of public debate” drag on for years, perhaps none more so than the issue of abortion. If a campaign is to happen in May or June, we’ll know the date soon. Then the slog will begin. Referendum campaigns have a seemingly endless capacity for drama, for personalities, for emotion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-mullally-borders-of-the-middle-ground-being-redrawn-in-abortion-debate-1.3363130