independent

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Abortion bill passed

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

The abortion bill passed all stages in the Dail in the early hours of this morning by 127 votes to 31, and will now be sent to the Seanad.

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has been passed. After lengthy debate, a majority vote of 127 to 31 for the bill was given after midnight.

The final vote in the Dail on the abortion legislation was passed at 12:25am.

The Report and Final Stage vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013 was passed by 127 votes to 31 votes.

The result saw a number of changes from the vote last week on the Second Stage of the legislation, which was passed by 138 to 24.

Aside from Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton, the switches from the Yes to the No side included a group of left-wing opposition TDs, Joe Higgins, Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Mick Wallace.

Mr Higgins was absent from last week's vote due to the death of his mother.

But Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan also swapped sides, meaning 14 of Micheal Martin's TDs voted against the legislation versus just five in favour.

Absent from last night's vote were Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, away in the United States, plus Fine Gael's Nicky McFadden and Independents Noel Grealish and Maureen O'Sullivan.

And there were three abstentions, Independent Tom Fleming and Independent Labour's Tommy Broughan and Roisin Shortall.

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Daily Deals

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News