Thursday 18 January 2018

FG's turn 'to face consequences' – Labour

LABOUR believes that Fine Gael will have to face the consequences of losing TDs as a result of the abortion bill.

There is broad support in the party for the final version of the bill, with TDs congratulating Labour Party ministers at the parliamentary party meeting in the Leinster House 2000 building.

But Labour is not overly sympathetic about the predicament facing Fine Gael, which has several pro-life TDs who are expected to vote against the bill.

A Labour source said the party had already been forced to cut child benefit in the Budget and had lost parliamentary party chairman Colm Keaveney and Senator James Heffernan as a result. The source said it was now Fine Gael's turn to ensure that its TDs and senators voted the abortion bill through.

"We had to take a very unpopular position on child benefit. We did it and we've had to leave men behind," the source said. "There are a good number of card-carrying Catholics in Labour as well as Fine Gael, so it's going to be difficult."

Michael Brennan

Irish Independent

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