Taoiseach refuses to commit to an abortion referendum ahead of General Election
TOAISEACH Enda Kenny has refused to commit to an abortion referendum ahead of the forthcoming General Election.
Mr Kenny said Fine Gael’s election manifesto will not commit to holding a referendum on removing the 8th Amendment from the Constitution.
Fine Gael’s Coalition partners, the Labour Party, has signalled it will insist on an abortion referendum if it is to return to Government with Mr Kenny’s party.
Speaking at the Fine Gael ‘think in’ at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Limerick, the Taoiseach said he is not in “favour of abortion on demand” but is open to listening to arguments for changing the current laws governing abortion.
“I have no intention of abolishing the 8th Amendment without considering what it might be that might replace it and that means more than any other sensitive issue. I am quite prepared to listen to people who have contributions to make in that regard,” he said.
He added: "But believe me, to commit to abolishing the 8th Amendment without consideration of what you might do is not on my radar."
When pushed Mr Kenny insisted he was not committing to “any referendum”.
"Fine Gael in the preparation of its own Fine Gael programme will consider this matter very carefully along with a number of other sensitive issues as well,” he added.