Friday 9 December 2016

THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: 'Some women might find solace in receiving forgiveness for an abortion'

Published 24/11/2016 | 16:58

Pope Francis and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold talks. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

From clashing with Shane Ross to meeting the Pope next week, Enda Kenny will be kept busy over the next few days jumping from one infallible figure to the next.

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The Taoiseach has said that the Irish State’s relationship with the Church is now better than ever but will the the abortion referendum be on the agenda and what about the Pope declaring that priests can now offer absolution to women who have had an abortion?

Joining Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan on this week’s Floating Voter was the Sunday Independent’s Niamh Horan who believed that ‘some women might find solace in receiving forgiveness from their local priest for an abortion.’

“There might something in that moment for a women and it shouldn’t be seen as another attack on the Church,” said Horan.

Elsewhere on the show, the panel asked why Shane Ross was being pilloried for wanting more transparency from the judiciary, one of the most elite aspects of Irish society?

“Whats wrong with wanting reform in the judiciary?” asked Philip Ryan.

And are water charges now back on the political agenda? Fianna Fail have flip-flopped once more on the issue saying ‘not no, never’ on water charges, though, ‘fix the pipes first’ says Horan before she is willing to pay up.

Each week on the Floating Voter, INM's political team discuss the main issues affecting Irish politics bursting the bubble around Leinster House.

New episodes on Independent.ie every Thursday.

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