Ireland: TDs who defy SF on abortion ‘will be disciplined’

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TDs who defy SF on abortion 'will be disciplined'

Cormac McQuinn
February 12 2018

Sinn Féin TDs who oppose the party's position on abortion face the prospect of disciplinary action, its new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Two of its TDs, Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan, are against repealing the Eighth Amendment and legislation that would allow unrestricted abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are allowing free votes for their TDs, Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin TDs will be expected to comply with the party's position or face disciplinary procedures.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/tds-who-defy-sf-on-abortion-will-be-disciplined-36592544.html

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Ireland: Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

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Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
February 12 2018, The Times

Irish politicians would be unlikely to pass a more liberal abortion law than access up to 12 weeks of a pregnancy, Leo Varadkar said yesterday.

The taoiseach does not think politicians would be “cavalier” about passing an even more liberal law without first going through a cumbersome process and consulting with the people.

Continued; https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d-il-will-not-be-cavalier-on-abortion-law-7kshq2rpx

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Ireland: Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation

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Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation
Group says €137,000 payment from Open Society Foundations not for political purposes

Feb 12, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain

Amnesty International’s Irish section has challenged an order by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) requiring it to return a €137,000 donation to its campaign to hold a referendum on the State’s abortion laws.

The donation was made in August 2015 by the Swiss-based Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros, for the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, which involved organising events and seminars for politicians prior to the 2016 general election.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/amnesty-challenges-sipo-order-to-return-abortion-campaign-donation-1.3389577

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: ‘Things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s’

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: 'Things aren't as black and white as they appear in your 20s'
He said today that he is of the view that the Eighth Amendment “harms women”.

Feb 11, 2018

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that he came to change his mind on the issue of abortion through a combination of life experience and realising “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Fine Gael leader was asked about the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, Brexit and the National Development Plan.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-4-3846268-Feb2018/

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Ireland: No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald

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No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald
New leader’s own views on abortion are in conflict with current party policy on the issue

Feb 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

“It’s a matter of private conscience but it’s also a matter of public policy,” Ms McDonald told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-conscience-vote-for-sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-on-abortion-says-mcdonald-1.3388356

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Ireland’s opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law

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Ireland's opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law
Micheál Martin stuns sections of Fianna Fáil party by changing his mind over the contentious issue

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Sun 11 Feb 2018

Ireland’s opposition leader has revealed he changed his mind in favour of liberalising the Republic’s strict anti-abortion laws after meeting women forced to travel to Britain to end their pregnancies after learning they had no hope their babies would be born alive.

Micheál Martin has stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by backing the repeal of the eighth amendment to the Irish Republic’s constitution, which prohibits abortion, in a nationwide referendum in May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/11/micheal-martin-ireland-opposition-leader-wants-to-liberalise-abortion-law

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Meet the Irish expats pledging to return for abortion referendum in #HomeToVote campaign

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Meet the Irish expats pledging to return for abortion referendum in #HomeToVote campaign
Irish emigrants have pledged to return home to vote in favour of ending the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

By Alice Cuddy
Feb 8, 2018

Irish people living around the world have pledged to return home to vote in favour of ending the country’s near-total ban on abortion in a historic referendum in May.

Irish living as far away as the US and Qatar took to social media on Wednesday to share their plans under the hashtag #HomeToVote, a campaign launched by the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/08/meet-the-irish-expats-pledging-to-return-for-abortion-referendum-in-hometovote-campaign

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Ireland: Emigrants called #HometoVote in abortion referendum

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Emigrants called #HometoVote in abortion referendum
New campaign launched urging eligible voters to travel from abroad to cast their ballots

Feb 8, 2018
Ciara Kenny

Recent emigrants are being encouraged to travel back to Ireland to vote in the upcoming referendum on abortion.

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign estimates that more than 40,000 Irish citizens living abroad could be eligible to vote in the referendum, and have created a new “Home to Vote” website (hometovote.com) to inform them of their rights and encourage them to vote if they are eligible.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/emigrants-called-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3384581

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Ireland: Pro-Life Campaign loses Supreme Court bid to join case on unborn

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Pro-Life Campaign loses Supreme Court bid to join case on unborn
State argued that, as case concerned constitutional law, campaign could not bring extra expertise

Feb 7, 2018
Mary Carolan

The Supreme Court has refused the Pro Life Campaign’s application to be heard in the State’s forthcoming appeal concerning the extent of the constitutional rights of the unborn.

The three-judge court said the appeal concerned purely legal issues and the assistance the campaign could offer would be minimal.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/pro-life-campaign-loses-supreme-court-bid-to-join-case-on-unborn-1.3383387

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Ireland: HSE will ‘remain neutral’ on abortion debate, says health chief

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HSE will ‘remain neutral’ on abortion debate, says health chief
Committee hears of HSE staff member using official paper to correspond on issue

Feb 7, 2018
Martin Wall

The HSE will take no position in the forthcoming referendum on abortion and will remain neutral, its director general has said.

Tony O’Brien told the Oireachtas health committee that a member of staff who used official notepaper to send correspondence to Oireachtas members urging opposition to repeal of the Eighth Amendment had been met with and taken through the appropriate procedures.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/hse-will-remain-neutral-on-abortion-debate-says-health-chief-1.3383233

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