Ireland: Independent Coalition TDs expect free vote on abortion

Members of the Independent Alliance Shane Ross and Finian McGrath who voted to support an abortion vote earlier this summer. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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Finian McGrath says ‘we are not looking for a row’ over motion to hold referendum

Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 01:00
by Pat Leahy, Irish Times

Members of the Independent Alliance expect that they will have a free vote on a Dáil motion on an abortion referendum in the autumn, reigniting the July divisions in the Coalition that caused the most serious Cabinet split since the formation of the Government.

A number of Independent TDs are likely to vote in favour, although it will be opposed by Fine Gael because the Government – of which the Independent TDs are members – has referred the abortion question to a citizens’ assembly, expected to be set up in October.

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Source: Irish Times