Friday 23 February 2018

No free vote on abortion, Kenny insists

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

JEROME REILLY

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny today emphatically ruled out giving TDs a free vote on abortion legislation.

It followed Friday’s intervention by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  who said that deputies  should not ‘be forced to vote against their conscience’, or face disciplinary action if they did so.

 Mr Kenny said: “Governments are elected to govern and the mandate given to this government was very strong indeed. This matter has been around for a very long time and it has not been dealt with.”

“It will be dealt now. It will be dealt with pragmatically, it will be dealt with sensibly, safely and is about giving clarity, legal certainty and an understanding particularly to the women in respect of their constitutional rights,” he said.

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