World news #2 – IRISH Voters to decide: “Pro-life” or “pro-choice”?

Tuesday's World Events - May 15, 2018


1. For IRELAND, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

NOTE: Before answering the following questions, watch the video under “Resources” below.

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What is the 8th?
c) Why has the number of voters who would repeal the ban and make abortion legal risen recently?
d) Why did Google stop carrying advertisements related to the referendum after May 10?
e) Why don’t those who support ending the ban on abortion need Google to campaign, according to the pro-life supporters?
f) Read the “Background” and check out the links under “Resources.” What is your reaction to Gavin Boyne's story? Do you think it is relevant? Explain your answer.