No free vote on abortion bill, warns FG

Party warns that no repeat of vote given to alliance ministers

28th August, 2016
Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger has tabled a bill providing for a referendum that will come before the Dáil in the second week of October Pic:

Fine Gael has warned independent ministers they will not be allowed another free vote when a bill on abortion comes before the Dáil in October.

Independent Alliance Ministers of state Finian McGrath and John Halligan want a free vote on a bill calling for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which enshrines the equal right to life of the mother and unborn in the Constitution.

However, Fine Gael is warning that there...

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