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Gilmore and Kenny now differ over abortion law

Taoiseach is reluctant to act; Envoy soothes Savita concerns

Fionnan Sheahan, Political Editor

Published 16/11/2012 | 05:00

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TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore is going to push for full laws to regulate abortion despite Taoiseach Enda Kenny's reluctance to act.

In the wake of the Savita scandal, Labour is cranking up the pressure within the Coalition to bring in laws to allow abortions where the mother's life is at risk, the Irish Independent understands.

The fallout from the death of Savita Halappanavar is forcing Mr Kenny to make a decision early on a divisive issue he had hoped to postpone, senior Government sources say.

The tragedy has lead to diplomatic tensions, with Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for India's Ministry for External Affairs, describing it as a matter of concern.

"We deeply regret the tragic death of Ms Halappanavar. The death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern. Our embassy in Dublin is following the matter closely," Mr Akbaruddin said. Ireland's ambassador to India is attempting to ease concerns over the death.

Feilim McLaughlin is briefing government and opposition figures in New Delhi, as two investigations continue into Mrs Halappanavar's death on October 28 in Galway University Hospital.

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