Creighton criticised for making 'wrong judgement' as Kenny pledges to push amendments through

Creighton criticised for making 'wrong judgement' as Kenny pledges to push amendments through

The Taoiseach has promised that a number of amendments to the abortion legislation will go through in the Dáil next week.

Enda Kenny's comments come as more than 100 proposed changes were already lodged ahead of the report stage of the legislation.

Just 17 out of 89 amendments at committee stage were accepted by the Health minister.

Already dozens of changes - many from the rebel TDs who lost the whip have been put down.

However the Taoiseach has signalled that only those put forward by the Department of Health will go through.

"The two ministers may have entered a number of amendments dealing with clarifications to the bill," he said. "They will propose to move on with those."

While the European Affairs Minister has demanded substantive changes, Mr Kenny declared earlier that the legislation is about all the women of Ireland and not any one individual.

Lucinda Creighton has tabled a series of amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Her proposed changes include legal representation for the unborn - something the government has already ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Transport Minister has said that his Cabinet colleague Ms Creighton has 'made the wrong judgement' over the abortion legislation.

Leo Varadkar said that while he understands Minister Creighton's reservations she should support the Bill.

"She is certainly the most senior person who has expressed public concerns about the legislation," he said.

"The legislation in my view is very straight forward it is about protecting the lives of women who would otherwise die

"I understand where they are coming from in terms of their concerns but I think they have made the wrong judgement in this regard."

As pro-life groups and pro-abortion groups prepare to hold counter-demonstrations in Dublin tomorrow, Mr Kenny has continually warned that members of his party face exile if they refuse to support the legislation

Peter Mathews, Terence Flanagan, Brian Walsh and Billy Timmins were automatically expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party and face being kicked off Oireachtas committees after they voted against the Government in the first series of ballots on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.

As many as seven more Fine Gael TDs are said to be toying with rebellion over the bill, but they have until a final vote, expected early next week

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