Michelle Mulherin to support abortion bill
Fine Gael Mayo TD Michelle Mulherin has said she is going to support the abortion bill because she does not want to be "booted out" of the Fine Gael party.
She was one of the Fine Gael TDs whose support for the abortion had been in doubt.
She said she had met with Health Minister Dr James Reilly for an hour last night and with Taioseach Enda Kenny for a further hour and a half.
She said she was now faced with either supporting the bill or being booted out of the party.
"I am not going to allow myself to be booted out so I am supporting this legislation," she said.