Tuesday September 22, 2020

Abortion: A bitter, divisive battle of principles and realpolitik

The aftershocks of the abortion row will be felt by Enda Kenny and Fine Gael for some time to come, writes Niamh Connolly.

13th July, 2013
Shoulder to shoulder: Creighton and Kenny in happier times. Photo: Photocall

A mix of persuasion, threats and inducements convinced wavering Fine Gael TDs to stay on board with abortion legislation that few in Fine Gael wanted and even fewer believed would see the light of day under Enda Kenny.

Kenny's achievement in keeping the defectors down to five TDs cannot be underestimated, given the furore within the party over general election pledges not to legislate for abortion.

The aftershocks from this seismic period in government for...

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