Fine Gael is becoming a pro-choice party. Will Ireland follow?

It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Fine Gael would hold a debate on abortion and the Eighth Amendment at its conference

14th November, 2017
Fine Gael deputy Seanad leader Catherine Noone with Health Minister Simon Harris at the party's workshop on the Eighth Amendment. Pic: RollingNews.ie

During the 2011 general election Fine Gael sent a letter to voters who asked for the party’s position on abortion. Signed by director of elections Phil Hogan, the one-page document could not have been clearer: “Fine Gael is opposed to the legislation of abortion.”

Just over two years later the party legislated for the X Case, providing for abortion in cases where a woman is suicidal. Such was the extent of strong...

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