|Mrs Merkel's Runabout: the BMW 320d SE Touring|
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
|Savita Halappanavar: her death has |
prompted fierce debate on abortion
legislation in Ireland
Alongside the timeline of these tragic events, the Fine Gael / Labour coalition government on the back of their Programme for Government had agreed to legislate for the X-Case. In that case, a young girl who had been the victim of rape was deemed to have a right to an abortion if there was "a real and substantial risk" to her life. Crucially, that risk included the risk of suicide. While the government, and the population generally, are of a view that the "real and substantial risk" test was appropriate, the question of suicide was for many a step too far. Some argued that no one could clinically diagnose such a risk, that it was entirely within the gift of the woman herself to declare such a risk, and therefore such a provision would be wide open to abuse.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|Croke Park: Fine Stadium, No Deal.|
Enda Kenny announces in the Dáil that he has formed an agreement with Micheal Martin (resurgent, forgiven, and hungry to get back into power) to form a Randian Correction Coalition that will over the next two years restore the fortunes of the country. The alternative would be at least ten more years of pain. Ireland announces a unilateral re-designation of the national debt in its various layers, and enters negotiations with its debtors to formalise those arrangements.