Ireland: Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation

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Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation
Group says €137,000 payment from Open Society Foundations not for political purposes

Feb 12, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain

Amnesty International’s Irish section has challenged an order by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) requiring it to return a €137,000 donation to its campaign to hold a referendum on the State’s abortion laws.

The donation was made in August 2015 by the Swiss-based Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros, for the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, which involved organising events and seminars for politicians prior to the 2016 general election.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/amnesty-challenges-sipo-order-to-return-abortion-campaign-donation-1.3389577

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Ireland: Pro-Life Campaign loses Supreme Court bid to join case on unborn

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Pro-Life Campaign loses Supreme Court bid to join case on unborn
State argued that, as case concerned constitutional law, campaign could not bring extra expertise

Feb 7, 2018
Mary Carolan

The Supreme Court has refused the Pro Life Campaign’s application to be heard in the State’s forthcoming appeal concerning the extent of the constitutional rights of the unborn.

The three-judge court said the appeal concerned purely legal issues and the assistance the campaign could offer would be minimal.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/pro-life-campaign-loses-supreme-court-bid-to-join-case-on-unborn-1.3383387

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Ireland’s abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim

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Ireland's abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim
Many thought that the referendum on equal marriage in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 would encourage politicians to campaign for a similar change in the law in Northern Ireland. But the last couple of years has shown us that progress can suddenly stall

Caitlin De Jode
Tuesday 30 January 2018

“Essentially what we’re asking people to do is to allow us to change the constitution so that we can make changes to our laws – liberalise them, relax them, make them more compassionate… We’re asking people, now, to trust women.”

For thousands of Irish people watching a blurry YouTube live stream, or desperately refreshing Twitter last night, hearing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar say those words proved to be a surprisingly emotional moment.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ireland-abortion-referendum-women-feminism-protest-dup-nothern-ireland-border-grim-a8185886.html

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Ireland: Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills

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Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills
Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor

January 14 2018, The Sunday Times

Fine Gael cabinet ministers will have a free vote on the “repeal the eighth” referendum bill in March, and also on a bill next autumn to permit abortion on request up to 12 weeks if the referendum is passed.

Senior government sources say ministers will have complied with the principle of collective cabinet responsibility if they instruct Simon Harris, the health minister, to draft a bill and prepare a referendum to repeal article 40.3.3. of the constitution, which confers an equal right to life on “the mother” and “the unborn”. Individual ministers would then be free to vote against that legislation in the Dail.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cabinet-gets-free-vote-on-both-abortion-bills-z6rvrqlmd

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Ireland: Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion

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Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion
Simon Harris to bring memo to today’s meeting laying out likely steps before a referendum

Jan 10, 2017
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely referendum before the summer.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to the Cabinet’s first meeting of 2018 laying out the likely steps before a referendum which Mr Harris will tell colleagues can be held in either late May or early June.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/cabinet-to-discuss-oireachtas-committee-report-on-abortion-1.3350273

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Ireland: Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks

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Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks
After three months of evidence Oireachtas group said constitutional reform necessary

Dec 21, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has concluded Article 40.3.3 should be removed from the Constitution and politicians should be allowed to legislate for abortion.

After three months of evidence and a series of votes, the committee stated the current regime for the termination of pregnancy is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/committee-wants-legislation-to-permit-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-1.3334472

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Ireland: Abortion committee nears conclusion but far from consensus

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Abortion committee nears conclusion but far from consensus
Members agree on holding referendum, but diverge on scrapping Eighth Amendment

Dec 6, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is nearing its final conclusions – but a consensus is far from clear.

The 20-member committee has spent the past three months hearing from experts, and will vote on its final report, which must be submitted to the Dáil by December 20th.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-nears-conclusion-but-far-from-consensus-1.3316913

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