Lessons from the Marriage Referendum for the Abortion Referendum

For months the wheels have been slowly turning in preparation for the abortion referendum and soon the campaign will kick off fully. It will likely bear some similarities with the Marriage Equality referendum of 2015, so I think it’s crucial to study the lessons of the last referendum if we want to repeat its success in the next one. Both issues are heavily influenced by the position of the Catholic Church and the No side will again be led by Catholic groups like the Iona Institute. The vote will be split on similar lines, with older and rural people more likely to vote No. Here are some lessons I learned from canvassing for a Yes vote that I think are applicable to the next referendum. Continue reading “Lessons from the Marriage Referendum for the Abortion Referendum”

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InterRail Tips

I spent the last month travelling around Europe on an InterRail pass (that’s why I haven’t posted in such a while). It was a brilliant experience that I would whole heartedly recommend to everyone. I got to see a wide variety of cultures, traditions and histories. It undoubtedly broadened my horizons and I loved every minute of it. I visited Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split, Ljubljana and Prague. It was fantastic to see such a range of cities and cultures. My trip was a bit different in that I deliberatively aimed to go off the beaten track. I wanted to avoid the main tourist destinations like Spain and France, and instead head to somewhere you would never think to go, places like Serbia and Bosnia. I will post a blog about each individual city over the next coming days; this post is a general view. Continue reading “InterRail Tips”