A tale of three referendums

To what degree can referendums not just measure the national character, but shape it?

The Aer Lingus float at Dublin Pride 2019

That was the question I was asking myself as I attended Dublin’s Pride Parade yesterday, because one thing was wonderfully obvious — Ireland is a very changed country from the one I grew up in. The streets of the capital were emblazoned with rainbows, and people everywhere were revelling in the sheer joy that Pride represents.