No room for rancour

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, who will chair the Oireachtas hearings on abortion, says an adversarial atmosphere will not be tolerated on his watch, writes Niamh Connolly.

11th May, 2013
Jerry Buttimer, chairman of the Oireachtas committee on health: 'This is a very polarising and complex matter.' Photo: Maura Hickey

The chairman of the Oireachtas committee on health, Jerry Buttimer, has made it clear to TDs and senators that he will not countenance any raucous name-calling during the three-day Oireachtas hearings on the government's abortion bill.

The Fine Gael TD, who will chair the committee hearings starting on Friday, won plaudits from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his colleagues for his handling of last January's health committee hearings on the X case legislation, which heard medical...

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