Congress Reiterates Support for Repeal of the Eight Amendment

22 May 2018

Repeal the Eight Members of the Congress Executive Council and staff supporting a Yes Vote in the forthcoming referendum on the repeal of the 8th Amendment

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions opposed the inclusion of the 8th Amendment in the Constitution in 1983 and our position today remains unchanged: Congress is supporting repeal of the 8th Amendment in the May 25 referendum. 

Recent contributions to referendum debate from David Begg, the former General Secretary of Congress, were made in a private and personal capacity. Mr Begg retired from his position with Congress, in March 2015.

Congress  believes that repeal is necessary in order to achieve a more compassionate Ireland, one in which restrictions on women’s healthcare are removed from the Constitution. It would then be a matter for our elected representatives in the Oireachtas to legislate for the introduction of a regulated, comprehensive and quality healthcare service that is safe for women and girls, in line with international norms. It is our view that the 8th Amendment prevents this from happening and should now be repealed.