Sunday 25 June 2017

Fine Gael treats pro-life voters with contempt - to Fianna Fáil's gain

Acting Finance Minister Michael Noonan and acting Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald before talks with Fianna Fáil on the formation of a government at Trinity College Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke
Acting Finance Minister Michael Noonan and acting Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald before talks with Fianna Fáil on the formation of a government at Trinity College Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke
David Quinn

David Quinn

Like the tragic, ill-fated Blanche Dubois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', Enda Kenny and Fine Gael must now "depend on the kindness of strangers" if they are to have any hope of clinging to power for long.

The "strangers" in this case are, of course, the Independent TDs and Fianna Fáil. One of the Independents is Katherine Zappone, a left-wing TD representing Dublin South West. She has said she will support a Fine Gael-led minority government. One reason for this, she explains, is that she has been given a commitment that such a government will address the issue of the Eighth Amendment. That is to say, it will pave the way towards repealing, or perhaps amending, it.

Come to think of it, Katherine should find out exactly what Fine Gael has committed to. Before the 2011 election, it told the Pro-Life Campaign it would not legislate for the X Case, but then the party went right out and did it anyway in 2013.

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