- 15 Dec 17
A new short film shows behind the scenes of the Citizens’ Assembly.
Film-maker Patrick Chalmers' 17-minute film is the first in a nine-part series on the democratic innovations shaking up the world.
With interviews with Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell (Dublin Bay South) and Irish-based intellectual Roslyn Fuller, the film shows how the Repeal the 8th movement really got a footing when a bunch of ordinary people turned up to the Assembly this summer to talk about abortion and the Constitution’s 8th Amendment.
“This issue in Ireland could never have gotten to the point we’re at today, were it not for the Citizens’ Assembly,” Kate O’Connell says during the film, “I think we would have been years getting there, if we ever got there.”