They campaigned against the Sunningdale Agreement of 1973, the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which secured Northern Ireland a fragile peace.In March 2007, the DUP entered a power-sharing agreement with Sinn Fein, leading the devolved government at Stormont until earlier this year, and remaining the largest party after the last assembly elections in March.
On a normal day, no one in Britain pays much attention to the fact that same-sex marriage and abortion are both illegal in Northern Ireland, which can be incredibly frustrating for those of us campaigning for change. I grew up in one of the safest DUP seats in Northern Ireland – North Antrim, represented in Westminster by Ian Paisley Junior, the son of the party’s founder.
The DUP’s roots lie in hardline, evangelical Christianity and a historic rejection of power-sharing agreements with nationalists.
Whilst the opinions of many of the DUP’s MPs on climate change and LGBTQ rights are frankly shocking, the party’s firm opposition to any reform of Northern Ireland’s draconian abortion laws means women actually end up before the courts.
As the 1967 Abortion Act was never extended to Northern Ireland, the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act still applies, and women who procure a termination can face up to life imprisonment – even if they’ve become pregnant as a result of a sexual crime.
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The report authors suggest that as the population ages, there is an increasing need for improved transport networks and services that meet the needs of older adults, especially in rural areas. For more information on the 'Excellence in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award', please visit
March 7th, 2017: The third major report by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin was published today. February 14th, 2017: A new study released by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin on Valentines day paints a positive picture of the little studied and infrequently discussed sexual lives of older adults in Ireland.
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Most who are involved have had very few real choices.
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