Wednesday 21 February 2018

Floating Voter podcast: Fine Gael TD 'won't go to war' with Catholic Church over reducing divorce wait time from four years to two

FINE Gael TD Josepha Madigan said there will be “no going to war” with the Catholic Church over her plans to reduce the waiting time to file for divorce from four years to two.

Speaking on the Floating Voter podcast, Ms Madigan said she does not expect resistance from the Catholic Church to new legislation she hopes will reduce costs and make the divorce process easier for couples.

“Divorce is already here and it’s been here for 20 years. I’m simply making the process easier for people and it will also help reduce costs,” she said.

The Dublin Rathdown TD, who ousted former Justice Minister Alan Shatter to take her seat, also said she does not believe her constituency colleague was treated badly by Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the Garda crisis which ultimately led to his resignation.

Sunday Independent journalist Niamh Horan also joined INM political correspondents Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan on the podcast to discuss another week of debate in the Dáil on the country’s abortion laws.

Ms Horan said it is “toe curling” to watch a “Dáil full of old fogies” debating abortion when the country should be showing compassion to women who are going through the trauma of carrying a child with fatal foetal abnormalities.

The journalist insisted the Government should change the constitution to allow women to choose if they want an abortion or  not.

“I’m tired of the debate at this stage. I really am. I switch off, I turn the page of the newspaper. I don’t want to read about it anymore because it’s so far beyond embarrassing at this stage. We should have it (abortion) in already and I’m not just talking about fatal foetal abnormalities,” she said.

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