As we have stressed before The Edmund Burke Institute took no part in the referendum campaign. Nevertheless we cannot be oblivious of the fact that the result has deep implications for the future of Ireland. And these implication are our business.
With this in mind, I felt these ( slightly edited ) thoughts would be of interest which I have just received from a young professional who wishes to remain anonymous. They are, of course, used here with his permission. R.M.
Not dwell too much on the vote, but it’s troubling. I wavered a fair bit in deciding and in the end abstained. I now put this down to lack of conviction and/ or courage. Needless to say I’m already ruing the decision by both myself and the two thirds who said YES. Dr. Zappone [ the American born Minister of Children and Youth Affairs ] was on the TV the other night telling us that we need to legislate for abortion as soon as possible, and that we should start looking at introducing robust sex education in schools. Mr. Varadkar and Mr. Harris have been slapping on another on the back congratulating themselves on a job well done. Now they are eyeing up other mad cap leftist notions such as gender equality because they know that these are kind of things that the electorate will want. Anything goes now. The conservatives- the so called “Middle Ireland”- are very small in numbers now- with no credible political representatives. The Church is in free fall. Interesting times.