Monday 5 December 2016

Where do the Independents stand on the Eighth Amendment?

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:42

Michael Healy-Rae. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Michael Healy-Rae. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Maureen O’Sullivan. Photo: Tom Burke
Katherine Zappone
Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Noel Grealish
Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross and Michael Fitzmaurice (pictured) met Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Halligan
Warning: Denis Naughten, Independent deputy for Roscommon-Galway. Photo: Tom Burke
Independent TD Finian McGrath Photo: Tom Burke
Mattie McGrath Photo: Arthur Carron

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland introduced a constitutional ban on abortion.

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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

MAUREEN O’SULLIVAN

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

KATHERINE ZAPPONE

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.

SHANE ROSS

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.

NOEL GREALISH

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.

MICHAEL FITZMAURICE

The Roscommon TD says he has made it “very clear” that the Eighth should not be repealed and expects it to be raised with Fine Gael before any Programme for Government is formed.

SEAN CANNEY

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.

JOHN HALLIGAN

The Waterford TD wants the Eighth Amendment to be repealed and gave emotional speeches on the issue in the last Dáil.

FINIAN MCGRATH

The experienced Independent is signed up to the Repeal the 8th campaign but would settle for the proposed citizens’ assembly proposed by Fine Gael.

DENIS NAUGHTEN

The former Fine Gael TD believes that Enda Kenny’s plan to set up a citizens’ assembly is the best approach.

MICHAEL HARTY

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.

MICHAEL COLLINS

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.

MATTIE MCGRATH

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.

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