TDs told to 'hold Sinn Féin line' in referendum
Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30
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.
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.