Saturday 10 December 2016

Fianna Fáil lacking courage on the Eighth

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

The refusal by Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin to engage with one of the major social issues in the forthcoming General Election is a calculated act of political and moral cowardice
The refusal by Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin to engage with one of the major social issues in the forthcoming General Election is a calculated act of political and moral cowardice

The refusal by Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin to engage with one of the major social issues in the forthcoming General Election is a calculated act of political and moral cowardice.

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There are no easy ways to discuss the impact of and potential repeal of the Eighth Amendment, but leadership requires that the issue must be addressed by all parties.

The circumstances in which women and young girls can or should avail of lawful termination of pregnancy - and the circumstances in which clinicians can perform terminations without fear of criminal and civil sanctions - has convulsed the country at routine intervals for more than 30 years.

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