Wednesday 13 December 2017

FF at odds over removing anti-abortion laws

Lorraine Clifford-Lee at the launch. Photo: Tom Burke
Lorraine Clifford-Lee at the launch. Photo: Tom Burke
Robert Troy. Photo: Patrick Bolger Photography

Barry Lennon

Fianna Fáil are divided on removing anti-abortion laws, with two of its General Election candidates at odds over the issue yesterday.

Speaking at FF's Childcare Plan launch, the party's spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy said the issue was "not a priority for the party".

Fianna Fail itself does not have a stance on the issue but said if it comes up it will allow TDs to "vote with their conscience". Mr Troy said that he was "pro-life" and believed he should "have the right to be".

He was joined by candidate Lorraine Clifford Lee, who wants the removal of the constitutional abortion ban, the eighth amendment.

Ms Clifford Lee said she understood Mr Troy's position but said "maybe my colleagues don't get the issue on the doorsteps as much as I do".

"If elected, I hope to bring up the issue," she said. "I've previously brought it up with the party leader and colleagues."

Mr Troy added he knew women who had to go the UK to have abortions, where it is legal.

However, he insisted that it was a "personal matter" and would not "comment further in a press conference."

Fianna Fail plan to introduce a tax credit for parents which will cover 20-40pc childcare expenses up to €5,000.

The party also promises to extend maternity leave from 26 to 30 weeks and transferable between both parents.

Irish Independent

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