Taoiseach: Government will not be rushed into abortion legislation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that he will not be rushed into legislating on abortion following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM today, Taoiseach Kenny said that the issue has divided Irish society for decades and should be dealt with rationally.

"I'm not going to be rushed into a situation by force of numbers on any side," he said.

"This is something that has to be treated rationally and openly and truthfully, and that's what will happen.

"So we'll have the recommendations and the report brought to Government by the Minister for Health, the report will then be published."

Earlier this afternoon, a meeting between the Indian Ambassador to Ireland and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore took place at the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding the death of Ms Halappanavar.

Speaking on his way into Iveagh House, Ambassador Debashish Chakravarti said that the message to Minister Gilmore is one of concern of the Indian people.

"I'm under instructions from my government to approach the Irish authorities and to convey our concern at this unfortunate, huge human tragedy, and to hear what the Irish side has to say." he said.

Ambassador Debashish Chakravarti said that there was "a great deal of angst and sadness, and also a lot of public interest in the matter and among civil society groups."

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