A costly bill for the Dáil

After so much time spent wrangling, the abortion issue remains as contentious as ever for the coalition

15th February, 2015
A costly bill for the Dáil
Independent TD Clare Daly has come under fire for her ‘no-holds-barred’ approach in pursuing her bill Picture: Photocall

The very idea of Labour seeking a free vote on the latest abortion bill to convulse the Dáil was enough to infuriate Fine Gael backbenchers, and several of them made their views known to the party hierarchy. Their feelings are still raw after the loss of four TDs and two senators on the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Act – the X Case legislation – demanded by Labour two years ago.

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