Tuesday 12 December 2017

WATCH: The moment TD wearing 'Repeal' sweatshirt urges Taoiseach to deliver constitutional change

John Downing

John Downing

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was urged to use what may be "one of his last acts as Taoiseach" to deliver a swift change to the Constitutional ban on abortion.

Six TDs from the AAA-PBP wore identical black tee-shirts with the motif "Repeal the Eighth" during questions about efforts to change the 1983 referendum vote on abortion.

AAA-PBP's Rutch Coppinger reminded the Taoiseach that he was almost 41 years a TD and nearing the end of his career. She urged him to make one of his last acts to be helping to amend the Constitution on abortion.

Mr Kenny said he had already made arrangements for a Citizens' Forum to consider the issue, beginning next month.

Referring to the tee-shirts Mr Kenny added: "The tee-shirts may be black and the writing white. But this is about people."

Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon asked if it was correct under rule to be wearing political emblems during a Dáil debate.

Dáil chairman Sean O Fearghail said there was a ban on party political emblems.

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