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Thursday 17 April 2014

Taoiseach Enda Kenny vows to deal with abortion issue as quickly as possible

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says he wants to get "maximum consensus" to settle the divisive issue of abortion.

Me Kenny was speaking on the way into this morning’s Cabinet meeting, which is discussing the expert group report on abortion.

He did not give any details or a definite timeframe about what the Government plans to do, but said: “We’re not going to leave this hanging on interminably."

“I’d like to deal with it as quickly and as comprehensively when it’s practical to do so," he added. "Don’t ask me for a specific date."

“This is a matter not for any individual parties; this is a matter for the country to get maximum consensus on what is the best and correct thing to do here.

“Well, as I say this is a matter that requires careful, calm, considered and sympathetic consideration. I’d like to think everyone in the Oireachtas would have the opportunity to have their say.”

He said there are “genuinely very strong views on many sides of this argument”.

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