Sunday 21 January 2018

Liz O'Donnell: Hold your nerve, Enda, there may still be trouble ahead

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

So, at long last, the heads of the bill have emerged. The title is carefully crafted: The Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill 2013. When the final version was published last week, it was marked "draft 51".

There is general agreement that the Taoiseach has shown deft handling of a toxic political issue, which had the capacity to collapse the Government. He is not out of the woods yet.

The matter has been simmering dangerously since the formation of the Government and was always going to reveal irreconcilable differences between the coalition partners. Labour has been essentially pro-choice since 2001. Fine Gael has been firmly in the pro-life camp.

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