Tag Archives: Ruth Coppinger

#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming in rape trial provokes mass anger

By Socialist Party reporter “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These comments from defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell in a Cork rape trial have sparked ...

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Socialist, pro-choice TD speaks- Interview with Ruth Coppinger

Carah Daniel spoke with Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger about the upcoming referendum to repeal the 8th and how the battle for abortion rights can be won in Ireland. Ruth was also a member of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment. What was it that brought about the committee on the 8th amendment? The Committee was set ...

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Latest Amnesty Poll shows Pro-Choice is the “Middle Ground”,

by Diana O’Dwyer The latest Amnesty opinion poll shows what ROSA and the Socialist Party have been saying all along – that the public are way ahead of politicians and the establishment media on abortion rights. Ever since the Citizens’ Assembly voted in April, we’ve been told the “middle ground” will never support such an “extreme” outcome and so the ...

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Establishment attempt to overturn Citizens Assembly proposals

By Diana O’Dwyer A year ago, there was a sudden outbreak of tone policing of the abortion rights movement in the media. In the space of a month, upwards of thirty articles appeared urging women not to be so shrill, to be reasonable, to tone it down for fear for alienating the so-called “middle ground”. This just so happened to ...

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As Dáil Committee meets, demand: Pro-choice- Nothing less

  By Ruth Coppinger TD CRITICAL DECISIONS will be made on abortion rights in Ireland between September and December. An Oireachtas Committee of 21 TDs and Senators will adjudicate on the Citizens’ Assembly proposals. It will recommend to the Dáil what should happen regarding a referendum on the 8th Amendment and what legislation should follow. It’s vital that the entire ...

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Repealing the 8th & Abortion Rights- We won’t “tone it down”

By Laura Fitzgerald In October, the Government refused to give the AAA-PBP bill for a Repeal the 8th referendum, proposed by Socialist Party member, Ruth Coppinger TD, a second reading. It elucidated its interminable time-table for a referendum, namely six months for the Citizens’ Assembly to report, and another six months for the special Oireachtas committee to report to the ...

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Fighting for repeal & right to choose – what next?

By Laura Fitzgerald The March for Choice on 24 September is a crucial event in the fight for abortion rights. The fact it’s a march for choice, rather than a march for a tweaking of the 8th amendment, or a repealing of the 8th amendment to be followed by restrictive legislation that precludes actual rights, is important. Growing momentum The ...

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Establishment parties hit a wall of anger – political crisis looms

By Cillian Gillespie and Ruth Coppinger TD “It is clear that, as James Connolly said a hundred years ago: “the day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go”. We need democratic public control and ownership of wealth and resources if society is to be run for people’s needs, not profit.” These were the words of Socialist ...

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