Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kenny again rules out free vote on abortion legislation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD
Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has again ruled out a free vote for Fine Gael backbenchers on the controversial abortion bill.

He and the cabinet are meeting today to finalise the bill, which is due to be published later this week.

Mr Kenny said there was a requirement of the Government to govern.

"I've already made it clear there will not be a free vote for members of the Government parties," he said.

Mr Kenny said the abortion legislation would provide legal clarity for pregnant women whose lives were in danger and was about 'saving lives".

He was responding to a call at Leader's Questions from Independent TD Mattie McGrath to allow Government backbenchers to have a free vote.

Mr McGrath said it was a legally flawed, medically unsound and constitutionally unnecessary bill.

"It's not too late to take account of these concerns. It's not too late to allow members of your own party a free vote," he said.

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