FINE Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick is wrestling with his conscience ahead of a Dáil vote on the abortion bill in the next couple of days, the Argus can reveal.
The Dundalk-based deputy admitted that he is struggling to reconcile the strong arguments for and against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill and has yet to publicly state whether or not he will defy the party whip and vote against the legislation. Louth's other Dáil members have already declared they will vote in favour of the bill, with just Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk stating he will vote against.
He said he had 'listened intently to both sides of the debate' and added: 'I have no intention of hurting anyone but I have to make sure that I can live with my conscience, which is very important to me.
'This is the most important decision I have had to make as a TD'.