Tuesday 24 October 2017

Demonstrators told to stay away from today's Citizen's Assembly on Eighth Amendment

Repealing the Eighth Amendment remains a burning issue.
Repealing the Eighth Amendment remains a burning issue.
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THERE have been calls for no demonstrations by either side of the fraught abortion debate outside the Citizens' Assembly examining the Eighth Amendment.

The inaugural meeting of 99 citizens, chaired by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, takes place today in Dublin Castle. Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the assembly.

The future of the Eighth Amendment, the law giving equal status to the life of a mother and her unborn child, is the first agenda item.

Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell, who supports repealing the Eighth, said while "people have the right to protest", she'd prefer no visible presence from either side outside assembly meetings.

Pro-Life Senator Ronan Mullen said he wasn't in favour of the assembly, but "it'll have to be let do its work".

He didn't know anyone who was interested in "marching outside", he said, adding: "What would that achieve?"

The Pro-Life campaign will hold what is described as a "short awareness event" for the media at Dublin Castle. Spokeswoman Cora Sherlock said they won't be approaching assembly members.

Irish Independent

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