The abortion debate: FG deputies say that restrictive law has worked

Despite the renewed controversy over abortion, few TDs have the appetite for another referendum, writes Michael Brennan.

24th August, 2014

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne is a regular churchgoer who has first hand experience of how politically dangerous the issue of abortion is. Her story gives an insight into why many TDs have no desire to revisit what is the most toxic outstanding political issue, despite the emergence of another “hard case”.

Byrne, a Dublin South Central TD, voted last year for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy legislation. But when she went...

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