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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