Would a Referendum to Repeal the 8th pass? July 12, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
There seems to be a bit of a backlash against Katherine Zappone and how she voted on Mick Wallaces Bill as well as her statement on the news at one that she was “not convinced that people are ready to pass a referendum on eighth amendment”
Personally I would have voted for Wallaces Bill and have had it tested in the Courts, however I do agree with her that an amendment on repealing the 8th would not pass at the minute.
We have all seen the Pro Life Campaign and their allies in action over the years and it seems some people are comparing the Marriage Equality vote with a prospective vote on Repealing the 8th. They are Two different Campaigns altogether. I think the Assembly is a fudge but what it may do is come up with something that has widespread agreement on what should replace the 8th (either in law or via a seperate Referendum). So rather than repealing we may end up replacing the 8th in the Constitution, where I’d imagine most of us would prefer the 8th to be gone and the area to be legislated on as any normal democracy would do.
Realistically I think we will probably end up voting on replacing the 8th rather than a plain repeal and what it will be replaced with will be only slightly less restrictive.
Any thoughts on what we will actually get to vote on and what will be there to replace it?…. and it’s prospect of passing?