Sunday 25 September 2016

TDs told to 'hold Sinn Féin line' in referendum

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Fein frontbench TD Peadar Toibin, who previously lost the whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein frontbench TD Peadar Toibin, who previously lost the whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Féin TDs will not be able to vote their own conscience in any future referendum on the Eighth Amendment, its party leader Gerry Adams has said.

  • Go To

Unlike Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil who are offering TDs a free vote on the issue, Mr Adams said that everybody in his party will be "obliged to follow party policy".

At their Ard Fheis last year Sinn Féin delegates passed a motion calling for changes to the Constitution to allow abortions to become available in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Mr Adams said: "All of us including me are obliged to follow that position".

This could pose a problem for frontbench TD Peadar Toibin who previously lost the whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Irish Independent

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in this section