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Emotions to run high as Labour debates abortion


Joan Burton

Joan Burton

Joan Burton

THE Labour leadership is poised for an emotional debate on the abortion issue at the party's national conference which begins in Killarney today.

Up to six motions on the contentious issue of abortion will be debated by around 1,000 delegates, with a number of Labour branches calling on the party to formally support the repealing of the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution.

The junior coalition partner was left reeling earlier this month when several TDs considered voting against the Government on the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities.

In the end, only Wicklow TD Anne Ferris supported Clare Daly's bill.

Ms Ferris lost the party whip as a result. However, she is set to be readmitted to the parliamentary party in around six months' time.

Labour is likely to adopt a firm position on the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities, with party sources insisting it will form part of its upcoming general election manifesto.