Gilmore says Labour TD 'pressed wrong button'
THE Tanaiste and Labour leader has denied that backbencher Michael McNamara had voted against the party in a shock move, insisting it was just a slip of the thumb.
He was speaking after the Labour TD voted against the abortion legislation during a late-night sitting in the Dail.
"Well Michael made a very strong speech on the legislation, made it very clear that he supports the legislation," Eamon Gilmore (right) said in Washington. "He simply pressed the wrong button. It happens."
He also described the behaviour of Fine Gael TD Tom Barry who pulled a female colleague on to his lap in Dail as "inappropriate".
Addressing the failure of the bill to legislate for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, Mr Gilmore said the main focus now was to push through the legislation tabled.
"That is something that will have to be looked at in the future, but right now our focus is on getting this piece of legislation through the Oireachtas."
The Tanaiste was beginning a two-day visit to Washington for a series of meetings with Republicans and Democrats, including Senator John McCain and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, to campaign for immigration reform.