Ireland: Citizens’ assembly on abortion to meet next month

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Group of 100 chaired by judge Mary Laffoy to discuss future of Eighth Amendment
Sept 27, 2016o
Pat Leahy, Irish Times

The citizens’ assembly that is to discuss a possible change to the legal ban on abortion will meet for the first time in Malahide, Co Dublin next month.

The 100 members of the assembly are to due meet on Saturday, October 15th at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, where it will begin its deliberations on the future of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which, as article 40.3.3, underpins Ireland’s strict abortion laws.

The assembly will be chaired by Supreme Court judge Mary Laffoy. Its other 99 members have been selected by pollsters Red C, and will be representative of the electorate in terms of gender, age and geography. Prospective members have not been asked their views on the issue of abortion.

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Source: Irish Times