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1995 Divorce referendum 50.3 % voted Yes

  • 18-08-2022 6:53pm
    Registered Users Posts: 606 ✭✭✭Juran

    Was watch Reeling in the Years 1995.

    Watching the old news reels this evening ... 80 year old men and women with their 'vote No' banners, the priets and bishops encouraging a No vote, old male politicans against divorce. And the yes vote won by only a tiny margin 50.3%. Bloody hell, it was like watching something out of Afganistan in 2022.

    If we voted today, what would be the result do you think ?

    Ps. I was 21 years old in 1995 and voted yes.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,242 ✭✭✭brokenangel

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,857 ✭✭✭Pissy Missy

    Probably 80ish% yes today

  • Registered Users Posts: 606 ✭✭✭Juran

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  • I'd say 82% or more. Based on 2019 referendum result. Probably more from urgency aspect.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,336 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    In 2018 when we voted to liberalise divorce laws, 82% voted in favor and 18% against.

    You'd still met the odd one who'd be very prudish about divorce, people being gay, etc but they are a minority now

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    "On a geographical front the country was divided with a strong YES vote in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. Cork South Central, Limerick East and Louth also voted YES and the rest of the country said NO! There is a theory that the weather affected the vote and some believe that if it hadn't rained heavily on the day in the largely No-vote West, the referendum could have been lost." (from the RTE website)

    It's hard to know what the result would be today given that fewer and fewer people even bother to get married nowadays.

    I suspect that the turnout today would be much lower than back in 1995 when such things really mattered to people who were struggling to drag Ireland out of the control of the Catholic church.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,041 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    Not to mention all the bad teeth. It's one of the stand-out things for me when watching RITY. Everyone's delph was AWFUL.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Also everyone looked ancient.

    I needed to go through the DIT (and precursor colleges) student newspapers, and until about 1993, the student reps all looked like 40 year old bank staff. They were 18-21. Guys with Dick Spring taches, the women in skirt suits and pouffy perms.

    Took a generation for not looking 20+ years older than you were to work through to everyone I gues.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    People liked to suffer back then.

    Would you like your freedom or be miserable until you die ?

    It's part of Catholicism that you have to suffer, and that it's normal and that everyone is suffering. For their sins. Etc etc etc

    There are people with big pensions, houses, good health, happily married (or partner passed), still believe this and would vote NO to divorce today too. They would condemn someone to a lifetime of a miserable "marriage".

    You still can't remarry in the Catholic church if you've been divorced.

  • Registered Users Posts: 445 ✭✭cheese sandwich

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,788 ✭✭✭✭Zebra3

    That’s decades of FFFG misrule for you.

    Don’t even mention their gulags for “fallen women”.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,041 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    It was more down to two centuries of doctrinaire Catholicism. Virtually no political party could have countered that but it's probably fair to say that FF certainly drank the Cardinal's Kool Aid for a long time. FG barely had a seat at the table for most of the time in question.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,788 ✭✭✭✭Zebra3

    FG had plenty of time in power.

    Governments are supposed to lead, not be lead. Let’s not excuse their cowardice on failing to tackle human rights abuses. Indeed FFFG’s collusion with human rights abuses.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,857 ✭✭✭Pissy Missy

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,744 ✭✭✭Dickie10

    strange days alright but are we now catching up to the way britain was in 1990s ? i think we may be, just social things like child murderers, violence by street teen gangs actually leading to murder. widespread normalised cocaine use. i think its more normalised now than 15 years ago. it brings to bear the question that most countries have a golden era, has ireland had thiers? in 1995-2008? or will we go through it yet? i beleive we probably have had it and future looks bleak. theres a huge social and economic storm coming to ireland that actually could send us back to 1980s ireland. i cant see the EU staying together in 20 years time, i cant see the likes of Pfizer , HP or Intel still being here in 20 years either. what happens then? would it be possible for the like s of irelandto become another version of detroit or pittsburgh?