Martin's abortion stance is either a masterstroke or a death warrant
The Fianna Fail chief's about-face speech will isolate his TDs but appeal to the liberals, writes Philip Ryan
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin's speech in the Dail, on the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, could define his political career.
Martin rose to speak on the committee's report, which recommended the Government's introduction of unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks into pregnancy, even though he had not been scheduled to do so. Members of the media were tipped off only an hour in advance.
Mystery surrounds the sudden urgency for Martin to speak on the subject.