Ireland sets May date for historic abortion referendum
Vote on 25 May will offer citizens opportunity to overhaul one of world’s strictest regimes
Henry McDonald , Ireland correspondent
Wed 28 Mar 2018
Ireland will vote in a referendum on 25 May on liberalising its strict abortion laws, the government has confirmed, in an announcement that officially begins two months of campaigning.
Abortion has long been a divisive issue in the once stridently Catholic country. A complete ban was only lifted in 2013, when terminations were allowed in cases where the mother’s life was in danger.