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

Catalogue of errors 'played part in stillbirth at Derry hospital'

Fresh searches in the North following arrest of Royal Marine

Revenue seize cigarettes and alcohol in Dublin Port

Eighteen quit Sinn Féin party following McKay resignation


Today's Stories

Solicitor for Hickey: It isn’t murder

Rose of Tralee ‘not made for modern political beliefs’ says winner

Full life of Peter Barry remembered at dignified ceremony

Offaly's Niall McNamee ‘Recovery was the best thing I’ve ever done’

Lifestyle

Get a Fair Deal with costs of care homes for elderly

Pablo Escobar’s life on the line in Narcos season two

How to buy the perfect laptop for college

Blurring the lines between humanity and machines

More From The Irish Examiner