Ireland Forever and Ever

A resounding no to divorce

For more than a month, throughout the Republic of Ireland, newspapers were occupied, minds preoccupied, with the bitterly divisive issue. From lyrical Killarney in the south to impoverished Ballybunion in the west, hand-lettered signs dotted street corners with a single simple message: VOTE NO. In Dublin's Parnell Square, demonstrators waved placards that mockingly read, DOES DIVORCE WORK? ASK LIZ TAYLOR. Not far away, several women, trapped in unhappy marriages, chained themselves to the railings of parliament. Bishops decried the proposal from pulpits, while the country's most influential paper, The Irish Times, defended it. Everywhere, the debate raged on: Should Ireland permit...

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