Thursday 23 November 2017

Galway votes 'No' despite Savita death

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Q THE city where Savita Halappanavar lived and lost her life was the only part of the country where a majority of local TDs voted against the abortion legislation.

Ms Halappanavar died at Galway University Hospital last October following complications in her pregnancy.

Her death changed the nature of the debate on the requirement for the abortion legislation.

Galway West, where the hospital is based, was the only constituency in the country where most of the TDs voted against the legislation.

Of the five TDs, three voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013 and two for it.

Fine Gael's Brian Walsh, Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv and Independent Noel Grealish voted against the legislation. Fine Gael's Sean Kyne and the Labour Party's Derek Nolan voted for it.

In neighbouring Galway East, two TDs voted for and two against.

Mr Nolan criticised fellow deputies in his county for voting against the abortion bill in the wake of Savita's death.

"Given that Galway has such a recent and sad history when it comes to protecting women during pregnancy, I am deeply disappointed that so many Galway representatives would vote against this bill," he said.

Irish Independent

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