The Fall of the Irish Mammy

Ireland is considering constitutional changes that may erase the traditional figure of the “Irish Mammy” from its legal texts, as part of broader amendments affecting definitions of family and marriage.

Irish Cemetary Cross” by PhelanRiessen is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Ireland is holding a referendum on March 8—International Women’s Day—which, if the governing parties have their way, will mean the word “mother” is removed from Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Irish Constitution.

John Duggan

This move, highlighted in a referendum scheduled for International Women’s Day, (of all days) symbolizes a shift from the nation’s historic values and raises questions about the future representation of motherhood in Irish society. Critics and supporters alike are watching closely as Ireland decides on these culturally significant changes.

Irish writer John Duggan has some thoughts about this development.

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