Where do the Independents stand on the Eighth Amendment?
Published 12/04/2016 | 02:42
The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland introduced a constitutional ban on abortion.
It was effected by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1983, which was approved by referendum on September 7, 1983, and signed into law on October 7 of the same year.
MICHAEL HEALY RAE
The Kerry Independent is “very, very concerned” about the potential repealing of the Eighth but doesn’t see a citizens’ assembly as a red-line issue
DANNY HEALY RAE
Voted in favour of a motion that came before Kerry County Council last January calling on the Government not to take any action to repeal the 8th Amendment
Was on the Constitutional Convention that resulted in the marriage referendum and believes a similar set-up should debate the future of the Eighth Amendment
The first-time TD, who was to the forefront of the ‘Yes’ campaign during the Marriage Referendum, will not sign up to a Programme for Government that doesn’t commit to action on the 8th.
KEVIN ‘BOXER’ MORAN
Opposes abortion but does not object to a Citizens’ Assembly discussing the Eighth Amendment.
The Dublin Rathdown TD voted in favour of Independent TD Clare Daly’s Bill last year that would have allowed for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
Did not respond to queries but is understood to be against the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.
The Roscommon TD says he has made it “very clear” that the Eighth should not be repealed and expects it to be raised with Fine Gael before any Programme for Government is formed.
The Galway West TD describes himself as pro-life and does not believe that a mention of the Eighth Amendment should be included in a programme for government.
The Waterford TD wants the Eighth Amendment to be repealed and gave emotional speeches on the issue in the last Dáil.
The experienced Independent is signed up to the Repeal the 8th campaign but would settle for the proposed citizens’ assembly proposed by Fine Gael.
The former Fine Gael TD believes that Enda Kenny’s plan to set up a citizens’ assembly is the best approach.
Describes himself as pro-life but supports the option of a termination where the mother’s life is at risk and in certain other circumstances such as rape or fatal foetal abnormalities.
The Cork South West TD is against the repeal of the Eighth and is understood to have told the Fine Gael negotiating team this during their lengthy meetings.
The Tipperary TD is outright in his opposition to any changes to the law and has said he will not be part of a Fine Gael government if it sets up a citizens’ assembly.