Saturday October 24, 2020

Abortion: How the deal was done: a long, slow process

Nobody is celebrating, but Fine Gael and Labour have overcome significant hurdles to agree the abortion legislation, writes Pat Leahy.

15th June, 2013
Enda Kenny, Taoiseach, with Eamon Gilmore, Tánaiste, at the Government media briefing on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 last month. Photo: Photocall

For obvious reasons, nobody is boasting about it. But the lead-ership of both Labour and Fine Gael regard the abortion legislation as a huge political achievement, though for different reasons.

For Labour, the achievement has been to coax Fine Gael to introduce legislation about which it was collectively extremely nervous. For Fine Gael, the leadership has steered a compromise between Labour's desire for liberalising legislation and the largely conservative instincts of its own backbenchers.


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