Abortion to dominate Labour talks
THE Labour Party leadership is braced for a highly charged debate on the abortion issue as members at all levels call for the Eighth Amendment to be repealed.
Up to six motions on issues such as abortion and fatal foetal abnormalities will be debated at this weekend's Labour National Conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. 'Labour Women' are among a number of internal groups who are calling for the provision of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment in Labour's general election manifesto.
The party is still reeling after Wicklow TD Anne Ferris lost the whip as a result of her decision to vote against the Government on the bill on fatal foetal abnormalities earlier this month. Ms Ferris is not due to attend the conference.
However, the Irish Independent understands that the party has told Ms Ferris she can return to the fold in six months.