9 episodes

It's just over a year since the eighth amendment was removed from the Irish constitution. In a new podcast for RTÉ News, Ailbhe Conneely speaks to some of those involved on both sides of the campaign including politicans, lawyers and doctors.

Voices of the 8th RTÉ

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    • 2.3, 3 Ratings

It's just over a year since the eighth amendment was removed from the Irish constitution. In a new podcast for RTÉ News, Ailbhe Conneely speaks to some of those involved on both sides of the campaign including politicans, lawyers and doctors.

    Trailer - Voices of the 8th

    Trailer - Voices of the 8th

    It's just over a year since the eighth amendment was removed from the Irish constitution. In a new podcast for RTÉ News, Ailbhe Conneely speaks to some of those involved on both sides of the campaign including politicans, lawyers and doctors. Available June 15th on RTÉ.ie, RTÉ News Now and wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 54 sec
    Episode 1 - Campaigners

    Episode 1 - Campaigners

    In the first episode of Voices of the 8th Ailbhe Conneely speaks to two leading campaigners on both sides of the Referendum. Long time women's rights campaigner and Co-Director of the Together for Yes Ailbhe Smyth and LOVEBOTH spokesperson and lawyer Cora Sherlock.

    • 28 min
    Episode 2 - Communications

    Episode 2 - Communications

    Communications Director for Save the 8th John McGuirk outlines the hurdles faced by his campaign during the referendum and Communications Manager for Together for Yes Amy Rose Harte discusses bringing the medical community to the fore during the campaign and hints to robust exchanges behind the scenes in the Together for Yes HQ.

    • 23 min
    Episode 3 - Politicians

    Episode 3 - Politicians

    Peadar Tobín TD was a member of Sinn Féin during the referendum campaign. He opposed the party's support of a Yes vote. He discusses the establishment of his own political party following the introduction of abortion services in 2019. Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger was one of the first politicians to highlight the use of abortion pills by women in Ireland. She continues to call for the loosening of the legislation under which Ireland's new abortion service is run.

    • 25 min
    Episode 4 - Abortion Pills

    Episode 4 - Abortion Pills

    Evidence on the use of illegal abortion pills by Irish women had a huge impact on the Referendum campaign. Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs in the University of Texas Abigail Aiken, originally from Derry brought the findings to the Oireachtas. Speaking from Austin, she outlines the history of the abortion pill, discusses the inclusion of her research in the referendum debate and the current debate around abortion in the United States.

    • 24 min
    Episode 5 - GPs

    Episode 5 - GPs

    Interviewed in April, Dr Mark Murphy who campaigned for Together for Yes offers abortion services up to 12 weeks. He discusses how the GP service works and where it could be improved. Dr Brendan Crowley who is based in Cork explains his unwaivering opposition to abortion and expresses his disappointment over the introduction of abortion services in Ireland.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

2.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

RosemaryPallas ,

Weak

Weak narrative arc - often dodgy audio and little audio production values. Also bizarre RTE reporter calls RTÉ a 'state' broadcaster - it is not - it is a public broadcaster / paid directly by public licence fee : a state broadcaster is directly managed and directly funded by exchequer - and directly controlled by state : for anyone in broadcasting it's a vital distinction. Not a strong audio project and leaves you wondering why an audio producer was not assigned to it?

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