I went to Ireland in April. They were having a late spring, just as we did, and there weren’t ’50 shades of green’, but they had some great leafless trees. This is one of them.
The two big headlines while we were there had to do with two women–Margaret Thatcher and Savita Halappanavar. They are both dead.
Margaret Thatcher had been old and sick and, well, no one much cared in Ireland–they hadn’t been very fond of her. But Savita had only been 31 years old. She had needed a therapeutic abortion but was trapped in a country that has one of the strictest laws against abortion in Europe. Three days after she miscarried a less than human fetus, she died. Women of Ireland marched.