Friday 23 March 2018

Abortion vote will damage FF despite Martin's pragmatism

John Downing

John Downing

ABORTION has been one of this nation's most divisive topics over the past generation. But all politicians at Leinster House can easily agree on one thing about it – the issue is very rarely, if ever, mentioned to them by constituents.

Yes, for months now TDs and senators have received a huge volume of communications of all sorts – mainly from groups campaigning against the Protection of Maternal Life Bill 2013, which is expected to go through the Dail and Seanad before the summer break late next month. But away from those who are heavily concerned with the issue – virtually nothing.

That is another factor which makes the Fianna Fail stance on the matter over the past week rather intriguing. Again yesterday, the Sunday Independent's Millward Brown opinion poll results suggest to us that the majority of Irish people favour the Government's proposed new legislation which acknowledges the threat to a mother's life through suicide.

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