There should have been corned beef, bagpipe music and parades, but instead, pubs and restaurants are closed down as countries deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac is trying to make St. Patrick's Day special for those stuck at home.
Ireland is not as Catholic as it used to be. One area where the Church still has a great deal of influence, though, is in the public schools. But some Irish parents want to re-examine the role of religion in educations.
Right up until the day of the referendum, pretty much everyone thought Ireland’s vote on abortion this past Friday was going to be close. It wasn’t. Two-thirds of voters said "yes" to repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.
Ireland votes on abortion this week. Ciara O’Connor Walsh, who's a supporter of abortion rights, knows where she stands on the issue. But she wondered, what do folks on the other side have to say? She's produced a podcast series called, The Eighth.
The right to life of the unborn is protected by Ireland's constitution. The Eighth Amendment was passed by national referendum in 1983. In May, Irish voters will take part in another referendum. This time, they're being asked whether they want to repeal the abortion ban.
Some on the left had hoped the new taoiseach, as a gay man and son of an immigrant, would usher in a progressive agenda for his center-right party, Fine Gael. But Varadkar has held fast to his conservative politics, and that’s proving to be a lesson for the left.
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