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Saturday 16 December 2017

More TDs will vote against abortion law says Walsh

Fionnan Sheahan and Allison Bray

A Fine Gael TD voting against the abortion legislation says the numbers of his colleagues who will follow suit “are going to grow”.

Fine Gael backbencher Brian Walsh is sticking to his plan to vote against the abortion legislation as he says his concerns were not addressed.

The Galway West TD estimates “somewhere between eight and 12” TDs will vote against the legislation.

Mr Walsh initially said he was voting against the legislation when the draft was published six weeks ago.

“The introduction in the legislation of the review, that doesn’t give any comfort,” he said.

Fine Gael TDs will push for a free vote on abortion tonight.

Brian Walsh, Fine Gael deputy for Galway West
Brian Walsh, Fine Gael deputy for Galway West

The backbenchers will seek to get Taoiseach Enda Kenny to cave in by threatening a mass exodus of TDs if he forces them to vote for the abortion legislation.

Ahead of the meeting, Environment Minister Phil Hogan again ruled out a free vote on the legislation.

“The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and leader of the party has made it perfectly clear there will not be a free vote on this legislation,” he said.

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