Politics watch: All eyes on March 8th referendums

Politics Watch: All Eyes On March 8Th Referendums
Here, we have a look at the topics likely to dominate political discourse in the coming week. 
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Here, we have a look at the topics likely to dominate political discourse in the coming week.

March 8th referendums

Talk around the March 8th referendums hasn't been too widespread, but it will be the big topic ahead of the votes on Friday, March 8th.


The family amendment proposes extending the meaning of family beyond one defined by marriage and to include those based on “durable” relationships.

The care amendment proposes deleting references to a woman’s roles and duties in the home, and replacing it with a new article that acknowledges family carers.

Even one no result would be a huge surprise, as all the polls are suggesting an overwhelming yes vote.

All the Government Coalition parties have been campaigning for a yes vote, along with most of the Opposition.


In addition, other political figures including former president Mary McAleese have been advocating yes votes.

Aontú is the only party advocating a no vote, while some Independent TDs will do the same.

Arguments on the first amendment have not been so coherent, but some have suggested it will lessen the status of marriage.

A lot of the opposition on the second amendment centres on claims that it will not help carers.


Click here for a full guide on the referendums.


In the US, president Joe Biden is facing huge pressure over his support of Israel.

There are deep divisions in the Democratic Party over Israel's bombardment of Gaza, and this is hurting Mr Biden's approval ratings.

Meanwhile, former president Donald Trump's legal cases are ongoing with a Supreme Court ruling on his exclusion from the Colorado primary ballot expected soon.

A Maynooth professor's legal theory has become central to his defence. You can read a BreakingNews.ie interview with Associate Professor Seth Barrett Tillman here.

In the UK, George Galloway won the Rochdale by-election after a controversial and chaotic campaign.

It prompted an address from UK prime minister Rishi Sunak, who warned about “forces here at home trying to tear us apart”.

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