THE Labour Party has unanimously backed a proposal by backbench TD Willie Penrose to reduce the maximum bankruptcy term from three years to one.
Several TDs, including party leader Joan Burton and deputy leader Alan Kelly, spoke in favour of the proposal at last night’s meeting of the parliamentary party.
The bankruptcy term was reduced from 12 years to 3 years in 2012, however, there is strong support for reducing it further.
Labour sources say the proposal is likely to put forward during the Government’s speaking time in the Dail which means it could be voted upon within weeks.
Separately, there was concern expressed at the meeting over a private members bill proposing to allow for terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
The bill is being introduced in the Dail by Clare TD Michael McNamara - but there is no guarantee that it will go any further.
Some Labour sources say the bill is “unhelpful” because the party adopted a position on the issue at the national conference and agreed to support terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities in the party’s manifesto.
The party lost one of its TDs, Wicklow Deputy Anne Ferris, during a vote on a similar bill proposed by Independent TD Clare Daly last month.