Leo Varadkar does U-turn on need for abortion referendum
Published 29/11/2012 | 12:50
TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has ruled out the need for an abortion referendum.
Speaking at the launch of the Tourism Ireland marketing plans for 2013, he said he was “not a fan” of referenda and would not be calling for the public to vote on whether the procedure should be introduced.
Mr Varadkar said the Government shouldn't rule out a referendum on whether the threat of a woman's suicide should allow for abortion.
But Mr Kenny told the minister: “There will be no referendum”.
Mr Varadkar today said he would not discuss events at the meeting, saying they were held in private “for a reason,” but dismissed claims there had been a row.
“Fine Gael parliamentary party meetings are in camera for a reason. There certainly wasn’t a row, it was a very good meeting. Everybody gave their view. I’m haven’t and I’m not calling for an abortion referendum.”
The abortion issue took up an entire three-hour meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party in Leinster House last night.
Mr Kenny told TDs and senators they would not be given a free vote on any abortion proposals that came through the Oireachtas.
He said he wanted to make those two things "very, very clear".