Thursday 19 October 2017

Sham vote on Daly's bill exposes true hypocrisy

The motives behind Clare Daly's bill were good - but criticism of Kenny is wilfully cynical

IMPORTANT ISSUE: Clare Daly proposed a bill to legalise terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormality
IMPORTANT ISSUE: Clare Daly proposed a bill to legalise terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormality
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Last week, I said I liked authentic people. Clare Daly is authentic. Unlike some of the privileged posh boys who share her politics, she's an actual working-class woman, overcoming both snobbery and sexism to win her rightful place in Irish politics.

So I understand why she proposed the Bill to legalise terminations of pregnancies when there's a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality. It's a good way to raise awareness of the issue. But, as usual, hysterical and unfair criticism trumped calm, compassionate debate.

What is the priority here? To persuade people there's a problem and suggest realistic solutions? Or paint Enda Kenny as the Conservative Devil Incarnate? In reality, Kenny is the only Taoiseach since the 1992 X-case who has tackled the abortion issue with integrity, bravery and practicality. In return, he's personally attacked by both the pro-life and pro-choice campaigners.

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