Misinterpreting the Eight: What you don’t know about the Eighth Amendment

By Seamus Allen It is September, 1983. Following the referendum of that month, many exhausted pro-life campaigners are lamenting their defeat. Lamenting their defeat, because what is now Article 40.3.3 of the Irish constitution- also known as the Eighth Amendment’= – had successfully been approved by the Irish people, despite significant pro-life opposition. To some, this may be a surprising revelation. The story of Ireland’s Eighth … Continue reading Misinterpreting the Eight: What you don’t know about the Eighth Amendment

Repeal the 8th

Rebecca Stone discusses the consequences of the 8th Amendment. As we are all well aware, the topic of abortion and its legality in Ireland has been a centre of controversy and contention for the last several years. Currently, the 8th Amendment equates the life of the unborn foetus with that of the pregnant woman or person. This legislation has caused many problems for the people … Continue reading Repeal the 8th

UCC Students Vote to Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Words: Motley Staff UCC students have voted in favour of UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) campaigning to repeal the 8th amendment of Bunreacht an hÉireann. A referendum took place across UCC campus on Monday & Tuesday of this week with thousands of students queuing to cast their votes. Aidan Coffey, UCCSU President said “it’s important to note that this was put forward by an independent group … Continue reading UCC Students Vote to Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Should UCC Students’ Union campaign to repeal the 8th amendment?

Words: Motley Staff Earlier this month, UCC’s Students’ Union received a petition from over five hundred students calling for a campus wide referendum concerning the 8th amendment. On the 23rd and 24th of November, all students of University College Cork will have the opportunity to vote. This referendum will ask if UCC’s Students’ Union should campaign for a repeal of the 8th Amendment of Bunreacht … Continue reading Should UCC Students’ Union campaign to repeal the 8th amendment?

Should Ireland repeal the 8th amendment? Students have their say: Yes versus No

In 1983, the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution placed a ban on abortion in Ireland. Last week, the 4th annual March for Choice took place. We posed the question to two students: should Ireland repeal the 8th amendment? Eoghan Scott and Fiona Larkin go head to head representing each side of the debate.   No Fiona Larkin argues that protecting the life of the … Continue reading Should Ireland repeal the 8th amendment? Students have their say: Yes versus No