TDs to bring abortion legislation to referendum

A group of Government and opposition TDs hope to use the Constitution to bring the proposed abortion legislation to a referendum.

Under Article 27, the President can refuse to sign the Bill - if he is petitioned by at least 55 TDs and 30 Senators.

Members of Fine Gael, Labour and a number of Independents have held meetings in recent weeks to try to win enough support for the vote.

Among the deputies taking part is former Labour Party Chairman Colm Keaveney.

He said that the group does not want to leave the final say on the abortion legislation to the party whip system.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for deputies who are concerned about their conscience to cooperfasten whatever decisions they have to make,"he said.

"Whether that is under duress of a whip to have the support of the people with respect to that and it is not a divisive process

"The group together are both pro-life and pro-choice deputies who have a concern about the dernocratic deficit with respect to the deate on the abortion issue."

Update at 11.40am

The Transport Minister has said there is no need for a referendum on the new abortion legislation.

More in this Section

Emergency Department nurses to strike in December

Garda union tells members to stop working extra working hours from January

Numbers sleeping rough in Cork 'nine times higher than in 2011'

Howlin: Voters will reflect on what sort of Government they want on polling day

You might also like

Today's Stories

Enda Kenny warns nurses that strike ‘will not help anyone’

Expert calls for Garda unit to tackle online terrorist radicalisation and recruitment

GAEMTECH: Games Mania are bringing retro consoles and games back into the mainstream

Bank inquiry forced to dump key sections to get report out before general election


VIDEO: Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance says playing a spy is not too different from acting

June Tabor is bringing folk to Cork topping a bill of music from the ECM label

Felicity Hayes-McCoy's new book explores the life of 1916 Rising activist Marion Stokes

Making Cents: Counting up the costs of getting a dog for Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner