After yesterday. What next in relation to X? November 15, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
Yesterday was perhaps not the day to talk about this given the rawness of the news and the wave of emotion that found both political and other expression. The contributions in the Dáil were interesting. And those in the evening from the Technical Group and ULA were uniformly excellent given the constrained time allowed them (as indeed in fairness was Gerry Adams contribution earlier in the day). As was the protest outside the Dáil which by its very presence and numbers suggested some strength to the feelings expressed.
But what next? A noticeably diminished Minister Reilly in the Dáil wasn’t offering any clear path forward and was fairly testy at that in not doing so. The news that Joan Collins, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace intend to bring their bill forward again is good and it will be interesting to see what response that gets. The supine attitude of many in the LP has been revelatory to some and what happens in that quarter will be telling. But even if the LP came on board in their entirety it would seem that support for legislation on foot of X would still not command a majority. Yet it is fair, I think to point to the lack of effort, particularly by the LP but by no means them alone, in relation to ignoring X which has led to where we are today, one where no political capital was seriously expended in even implementing the minimal provision that would result on foot of that case.
Noticeable too by its absence was any coherent response from anti-abortion organisations. That too will be instructive once they attempt to wrest the narrative in their direction – at least in terms of how they shape it.
Difficult not to suspect that the death of Savita Halappanavar has brought in appalling tragedy something of the realities facing many women in near-impossible situations home to a broader group of people than hitherto, in perhaps a similar way to the X case did some twenty years or so ago.
On something of a tangent in relation to the protest in Dublin, in the very same article the Irish Times had the following paragraphs…
Several hundred people attended a protest outside Dáil Éireann this evening in memory of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicaemia following a miscarriage at Galway University Hospital.
Meanwhile in Dublin over two thousand people gathered outside the Dáil to protest over Ms Halappanavar’s death and calling for legislation giving effect to the X case.