Editorial: Daly's bill another blow to Labour
There can be no doubt that the Labour Party, the junior party of Government, is in a fairly dismal state of disarray and the leadership of Joan Burton has been less than inspiring so far.
Faltering badly at the polls for 'doing the right thing' on the economy, the party is trying to revive its fortunes by pursuing a liberal social agenda. But this too has come badly apart at the seams as a result of a Government decision to oppose Clare Daly's bill to allow abortion in circumstances of fatal foetal abnormalities.
This opposition is said to be based on a ruling by the Attorney General that the bill - put before the Dáil and defeated yesterday - is unconstitutional. However, the AG's office has declined to publish this opinion.