Republic’s constitution “downright insulting” to women said young Arlene Foster

Posted By: June 01, 2018

Mairead Holland.Irish News. Belfast. Friday, June 1, 2018

The Republic’s constitution is “downright insulting” to women, a young Arlene Foster told a conference back in 1992.

The reported comments by the former Ulster Unionist were unearthed in minutes of a Young UUP conference by abortion reform campaigners.

Mr. Foster – then Arlene Kelly and aged 21 – described the constitution as being “riddled with Roman Catholic social and political doctrine”.

“A few examples include the Republic’s stand on divorce and abortion; and the place given to women in the 1937 Constitution is downright insulting,” she is recorded as saying.

“…We must expose the Republic’s constitution for all that it is: that is, an archaic crutch to the Roman Catholic Church.” …