Tuesday 20 March 2018

Reilly listens but offers no concessions

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

HEALTH Minister James Reilly has been toning down his approach in an attempt to convince a group of wavering Fine Gael backbenchers to vote for his bill.

Gone is the forceful figure who has been accused of arrogantly ignoring the views of others. Instead, he has been listening intently to TDs and "respectfully" disagreeing with their proposed amendments at the Oireachtas Health sub-committee.

He has had very little to give the backbenchers in terms of their demands – no removal of suicide as grounds for an abortion, no cooling-off period before an abortion is allowed and no special medical representation for the unborn child.

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