TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has vowed to press on with the drafting of abortion legislation despite being described as "worse than Herod".
It came after up to 30,000 people attended a pro-life rally in Dublin over the weekend.
Mr Kenny, who has already received a message threatening revenge for his criticisms of the Vatican in the wake of the Cloyne Report, said he had got correspondence from all over the country on the abortion issue.
He said he had been branded as "worse than Herod" – the Roman-appointed King of Judea who is blamed in the Bible for ordering the murder of all the infants in Bethlehem in an attempt to get rid of the baby Jesus.
But Mr Kenny insisted that the only aim of the legislation was to bring the "legal clarity" needed by doctors to carry out an abortion where it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
"I am not in the business of liberalising any regime of abortion or introducing abortion on demand. The legislation is very strictly on the narrow line of what our constitution means," he told RTE's 'The Week in Politics'.