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Thursday 29 September 2016

'Maybe my colleagues don’t get it as much as I do' - Fianna Fail candidates clash on removing anti-abortion laws

Barry Lennon

Published 12/02/2016 | 13:11

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin & Fianna Fail candidate for Dublin Fingal Lorraine Clifford Lee during the launch of Fianna Fail's General Election campaign on Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin & Fianna Fail candidate for Dublin Fingal Lorraine Clifford Lee during the launch of Fianna Fail's General Election campaign on Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Robert Troy, Fianna Fail deputy for Longford-Westmeath

Fianna Fáil appear split on removing abortion laws with General Election candidates at odds over the issue today.

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Children spokesman Robert Troy said the issue was “not a priority for the party,” speaking at the party's Childcare Plan launch.

Robert Troy, Fianna Fail deputy for Longford-Westmeath
Robert Troy, Fianna Fail deputy for Longford-Westmeath

Mr Troy, who is pro-life, was joined by candidate Lorraine Clifford Lee who wants to remove the constitutional abortion ban, the eighth amendment.

Ms Clifford Lee said she understood Mr Troy's position but said “maybe my colleagues don’t get it as much as I do.”

Mr Troy said he knew women who had to go Engand to have an abortion, where it is legal to do so.

However, he insisted that it was a "personal matter" and would not "comment further in a press conference."

Fianna Fail plan to introduce a tax credit for  parents which will cover 20-40pc childcare expenses up to €5,000.

The party also promise to extend maternity leave from 26 to 30 weeks and transferrable between both parents.

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