On the doorsteps with a conflicted Coveney and a converted Martin

By speaking from the heart, the Tánaiste and the Fianna Fáil leader have ended up taking the middle ground on the abortion debate

20th May, 2018
Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil, talks to Yes voter Órla O’Donoghue as he campaigns with FF senator Catherine Ardagh in Dublin last week Pic: Maura Hickey

Simon Coveney has, in his own words, been “openly conflicted” about abortion. His very public jostling with his conscience at the start of the referendum campaign was treated with dismay by Yes campaigners and government colleagues who felt it put them on the back foot from the outset and played into the hands of the No side who argued that politicians were not be trusted to legislate on the issue.

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