Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?

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Una Mullally: Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?
Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Una Mullally

We are at that moment in a referendum campaign where stories, takes, and points of view need to be generated as commentary. Some will be insightful, others less so. Some will be deliberately provocative, some will be more concentrated on facts. Some will fulfil the most tedious trope in journalism, where criticism will be levelled at a campaign by those who substitute expertise and experience for a “hunch”.

There are more than two opposing campaigns under way, of course, multiple campaigns – particularly on the pro-repeal side – emerging from grassroots activism and active citizenship. As the media narratives weave themselves in knots, what I find especially interesting is how this referendum campaign is frequently compared to the marriage equality referendum campaign. Generally, this comparison follows two narratives.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-mullally-why-are-irish-journalists-again-missing-a-movement-1.3462385

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Ireland – Government may not be able ‘to pass abortion legislation’

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Government may not be able ‘to pass abortion legislation’
Simon Harris says any reforms after Eighth Amendment vote could be disrupted by an election

April 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he cannot guarantee that legislation allowing for abortion would be passed by the current Government in the event the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

A referendum on repealing Article 40.3.3, also known as the Eighth Amendment, is to take place on May 25th. The Amendment gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-may-not-be-able-to-pass-abortion-legislation-1.3447461

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Ireland – Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)

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Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)
Simon Coveney is suffering brickbats for changing his mind on abortion. Is this only a personal crisis, or does it reflect a split in the government, asks Stephen O’Brien

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
April 1 2018

The headline in the Irish Examiner confirmed that all was not well in Cork. “Coveney plan for legal lock in tatters,” the newspaper declared on Wednesday as the tanaiste, a local TD, made the news for the third day running.

“Tanaiste Simon Coveney has been left humiliated after his two-thirds Dail majority legal-lock plan for the government’s post-referendum abortion law was labelled unconstitutional, naive and deeply damaging to the ‘yes’ campaign,” the Examiner railed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-coveney-my-indecision-on-abortion-is-final-i-think-qjxq07h2p

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Ireland – Harris dismisses Coveney’s claims of scans before terminations

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Harris dismisses Coveney’s claims of scans before terminations
Minister for Health insisted any need for scan will be based on doctors’ discretion
March 29, 2018

Sarah Bardon

The Government has distanced itself from claims by Tánaiste Simon Coveney that women seeking a termination after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to undergo a scan.

Mr Coveney had outlined his expectation that the operation of an abortion regime would be coupled with medical guidelines and these would include a requirement for a scan between nine and 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/harris-dismisses-coveney-s-claims-of-scans-before-terminations-1.3443640

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Ireland – Coveney’s very public agonising on abortion issue helps both sides

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Coveney’s very public agonising on abortion issue helps both sides
Tánaiste’s vacillations reflect much middle-ground opinion on referendum

Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Pat Leahy

Many politicians are struggling with their consciences to come to a settled position on abortion. None is doing it quite so publicly as the second most senior member of the Government.

Simon Coveney’s U-turn earlier this week on the Government’s proposal to legislate for abortion on request up to 12 weeks if the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment is passed caught his colleagues by surprise. But most of them – the majority back repeal, anyway – were not displeased. At least the Tánaiste was now on board.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/coveney-s-very-public-agonising-on-abortion-issue-helps-both-sides-1.3442431

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Ireland – Government to seek limits on future abortion reform

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Government to seek limits on future abortion reform
Coalition promises extra safeguards following dismissal of Simon Coveney proposal

Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government has insisted it will introduce additional safeguards “above and beyond” the normal legislative process to minimise the possibility of future changes to abortion laws.

The exact nature of the safeguards have yet to be decided but may require the establishment of an Oireachtas committee or a citizens’ assembly.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-to-seek-limits-on-future-abortion-reform-1.3442536

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Ireland – Simon Coveney changes abortion stance to back 12-week termination model

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Simon Coveney changes abortion stance to back 12-week termination model
The Tanaiste said he backs the proposal with strict medical protocols.

By David Young, Press Association
March 26 2018

Ireland’s deputy premier has changed his stance on potential new abortion laws for the country by backing terminations up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.

The Government intends to table legislation that would permit women to abort within 12 weeks if citizens vote to repeal Ireland’s strict constitutional position on abortions in this summer’s anticipated referendum.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/simon-coveney-changes-abortion-stance-to-back-12week-termination-model-36744276.html

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Simon Coveney: Here’s how my thinking shifted on the Eighth Amendment

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Simon Coveney: Here's how my thinking shifted on the Eighth Amendment

Simon Coveney
March 26 2018

For most people in Ireland, abortion is not something they want to talk about. It is deeply personal and involves conflicting values.

People’s views are coloured by the most joyous or painful moments in their lives, experienced either alone or with loved ones. For some their position on abortion is a religious belief sincerely held, for others it is a human rights issue. This is a subject that divides society like few others.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/simon-coveney-heres-how-my-thinking-shifted-on-the-eighth-amendment-36743798.html

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Irish abortion referendum: Every vote counts in emotive poll

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Irish abortion referendum: Every vote counts in emotive poll

By Shane Harrison, BBC NI Dublin correspondent
22 February 2018

It is a cold morning despite the sunshine, and snow lines the grotto behind the Catholic church at Granard, County Longford, in the Irish midlands.

It was here beneath the gaze of a statue of the Virgin Mary on a similar January day that Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, died giving birth to a baby son.

She and her child died in 1984.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43156726

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Ireland – Abortion: the need to engage and explain

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Abortion: the need to engage and explain
Recent developments have underlined the scale of the task facing the repeal side

Feb 20, 2018

Three weeks have passed since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar fired the starting gun for the abortion referendum campaign after a late-night Government meeting to formally sign off on the plan. That important step, coming as it did 10 days after a surprise announcement by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that he would vote to remove the constitutional ban on abortion, energised pro-choice supporters and injected momentum into their campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/abortion-the-need-to-engage-and-explain-1.3397802

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