There has been much ink spilt over the recent referendum result in Ireland. Analysis of the reasons as to why that vote was lost may, however, provide seeds for a strategy to win similar debates in the future.
For the first time in Irish politics, the former fault lines of Irish politics—anti versus pro-British, Protestant versus Catholic—were submerged in a wider debate, which was both international in tone and argument. Abortion may have been the issue at stake during the recent campaign but, make no mistake, this was a battle between a liberal and conservative view of the world that was being

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