They spent all those years fighting to rid themselves of English rule even though the English allowed Irish MPs to vote exactly how they wanted, only to hand their legislature over, lock, stock and barrel, to the rulers of a small, independent nation in Southern Europe.
From IRISH CENTRAL:
Catholic politicians who support abortion legislation should be refused Holy Communion, says Cardinal Raymond Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest legal tribunal that rules on canon law. He said that local bishops and priests must ensure that Holy Communion is properly received to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege” from those like Catholic politicians who receive Communion in spite of “grave moral evil.”
The Irish parliament is considering legalizing abortion where the mother's life is at risk, a push for a change in Ireland's laws after the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died at a Galway hospital after miscarrying. The cardinal says that while her death is "tragic" it still does not mean “an innocent and defenseless human life can be justifiably destroyed in order to save the life of the mother."
Cardinal Burke said that Catholic politicians must support legislations that will"most reduce the evils which attack human life and the integrity of marriage."
I would have thought that allowing both the mother and the foetus to die because your god (or, more exactly, your pope) does not allow doctors to save the mother if it means killing the foetus is a class one attack on human life and does fuck all for the integrity of marriage.