PARTY leader Micheal Martin’s freedom to manoeuvre on the government’s proposals on legislating to deal with legalising abortion where there is a danger of suicide has been dealt a serious blow by his Ard Fheis.
The Fianna Fail leader has been trying to chart a cautious middle ground between extremes.
However in a grass roots revolt party delegates overwhelmingly opposed the government’s current proposals to legislate for the provision of abortion services to suicidal pregnant women.
The Fianna Fail leader will be particularly hamstrung by the motion from Donegal North East opposing ‘‘the introduction of any legislation which introduces the ‘risk of suicide’ as a threat to life of the mother and legitimises abortion in Ireland’’.
The Donegal motion was carried by the overwhelming vote of 80% of a packed hall.
In an emotional debate the Ard Fheis also reaffirmed ‘‘Fianna Fail’s position as a Pro-Life party’’