Eighth Amendment is single most important news story in Irish history according to Core Research

First 6 of Top 10 news stories for May 2018 related to women’s issues


The repealing of the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution is the single most important news story in recent Irish history, according to findings from the monthly Cultural Index generated by Core Research.

The Core Research Cultural Index examines awareness amongst the general public of the top news stories making headlines, and the importance of such stories in the context of Irish society and culture. Since January, engagement with the Eighth Amendment campaign has been extremely high – with 86% saying this was important to them, rising to 89% for women.

Having analysed 570 different news stories between 2015 and 2018, these are the highest figures ever achieved for a story, meaning it is the most important story of our recent social history.

While both the Marriage Equality campaign in 2015 and the recent Eighth Amendment campaign had high awareness levels, the Eighth mattered to more people, with 81% of respondents saying the issue was important to them, compared to 73% stating that Marriage Equality was important. This produced a higher Cultural Index and subsequently lead to more people turning out to vote.

The first six of the ten most important, high engagement stories featured on the Core Research Culture Index in May 2018 all related to women’s issues. The full top ten stories deemed of most importance were;

  1. Eighth Amendment is repealed from Constitution
  2. 13 year old boy charged with murder of Ana Kriegel
  3. HSE apologies about the alarm over CervicalCheck
  4. Jastine Valdez abducted and murdered
  5. 126 people wrongfully registered as biological children
  6. Harvey Weinstein charged with rape
  7. GDPR comes into effect
  8. Trump cancelled meeting with Kim Jong-un
  9. Over 30 people killed after clashes in Gaza Strip
  10. Royal Wedding takes place

Finian, Murphy, Planner with Core Research, says this shows a growing, mainstream movement focusing on women’s role in society today: “At the end of 2017, we predicted that Gender Equality would become a key theme in 2018. The stories of May 2018 have highlighted that there is indeed a growing cultural demand that women need to be heard and Governments, institutions, society and brands need to respond.”

The Royal Wedding only featured at 10th place on the Cultural Index. Although the story featured extremely high awareness of 93%, it scored a very low importance rating, with only 25% of the survey population confirming that it was of significance in their lives.

To view the full findings of the Core Research Cultural Index May 2018, please click here: