Category Archives: Eighth Amendment

Irish text of the Proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment

Dr Seán Ó Conaill The publication of the wording for the 36th Amendment Bill has started the referendum campaign in earnest. The English language wording of the bill had been well flagged and, as a result of the outcome of … Continue reading

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Of Constitutions and Cookery Shows

Dr Conor O’Mahony Anyone who follows political debate in Ireland, and referendum campaigns in particular, will be familiar with the idea of ͞balance͟. It is a deceptively simple concept: each side of a particular debate should get a fair crack … Continue reading

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Squaring Circles: Recent Case Law on Medical Decision-Making and the Unborn

Dr Conor O’Mahony On November 2, the High Court ruled in Health Services Executive v B that a woman could not be forced by court order to undergo a caesarean section in circumstances where her previous medical history posed an … Continue reading

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Repealing the Eighth Amendment: As Simple as it Sounds?

Dr Conor O’Mahony 2014 saw palpable growth in support for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn. While there has long been a call to this effect from … Continue reading

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High Court Ruling Inevitable in light of Medical Evidence, but Questions Remain for Future Cases

Dr Conor O’Mahony This morning, the High Court ruled that a clinically dead pregnant woman could have her life support switched off and be allowed to die a natural death, notwithstanding the constitutional right to life of her unborn child. The … Continue reading

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