Saturday 10 December 2016

FG's worst nightmare - the abortion issue is back

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Sinead Ahern, left, chairwoman of Labour Women, and Senator Ivana Bacik at the launch of Labour’s framework for the bill to repeal the 8th amendment
Sinead Ahern, left, chairwoman of Labour Women, and Senator Ivana Bacik at the launch of Labour’s framework for the bill to repeal the 8th amendment

Calling Fine Gael: it hasn't gone away, you know. The whole abortion thing. What a sigh of relief was exhaled by the party after the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill passed in 2013. That was abortion done and dusted, kicked down the road for the next Dáil to deal with.

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But they sighed too soon. For the Labour Party refuses to play nice and leave well alone until after the General Election. Au contraire - they're increasingly vocal on the need to repeal the Eighth Amendment as soon as possible, and this demand will get top billing in its election manifesto.

And worryingly for Fine Gael, a momentum is rapidly building, with some serious heavyweight figures backing the campaign.

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