Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti

Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti
Vandalism of Tony McLoughlin’s Sligo office comes after passage of abortion legislation

Dec 14, 2018
Harry McGee

The walls of a Fine Gael TD’s office in Sligo has been daubed with “baby killer” graffiti overnight following the successful passage of abortion legislation.

Tony McLoughlin, a TD for Sligo-Leitrim, arrived at his office in Sligo town this morning to discover that the facade of the office had been vandalised with threatening messages and anti-abortion slogans.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-s-offices-daubed-with-anti-abortion-baby-killer-graffiti-1.3731370


Abortion referendum: the political winners and losers

Abortion referendum: the political winners and losers
Varadkar, Martin and McDonald strengthen their position while conservatives miss out

May 26, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is set to be passed by a margin even greater than the most enthusiastic advocates for repeal could have imagined.

The campaign to repeal was led by civic society groups, principally Together for Yes, but there are still political winners and losers from an extraordinary campaign.We chart who they are below.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-referendum-the-political-winners-and-losers-1.3509893


Ireland – Slickly organised Oireachtas members rally for abortion-referendum No vote

Photo that may mark start of Fianna Fáil leadership challenge
Slickly organised Oireachtas members rally for abortion-referendum No vote

May 3, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

“Hi all. A photograph of Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members who support No vote will take place at Merrion Street entrance of Leinster House. Please do not be late. We will be finished at 4pm.”

This was the text that arrived in the inbox of Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators on Tuesday afternoon at 12.39pm about an event for those opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/photo-that-may-mark-start-of-fianna-f%C3%A1il-leadership-challenge-1.3483562


Ireland – Government may fall before abortion legislation passes

Pat Leahy: Government may fall before abortion legislation passes
Faltering Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil relations put election in mid-distance

April 27, 2018
Pat Leahy

No election or referendum, especially a referendum in this country, is a foregone conclusion until the votes are counted, but last week’s Irish Times opinion poll suggests that the Yes side is firmly in the driving seat in the abortion referendum campaign.

Our poll was mirrored in a Sunday Times poll published a few days later and in private research conducted in recent weeks.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/pat-leahy-government-may-fall-before-abortion-legislation-passes-1.3476609


Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592


Ireland – Fine Gael succeeds by keeping distance between economy and abortion

Fine Gael succeeds by keeping distance between economy and abortion
Fianna Fáil’s conservative stance on referendum question risks alienating younger voters

April 19, 2018
Damian Loscher

Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll reveals a drop in support for Fine Gael. After retreating two points in January from a high of 36 per cent in December, Fine Gael has slipped a further three points to land on 31 per cent in this poll.

For Fianna Fáil, its poll rating is moving in the right direction, albeit with a marginal gain of just one point. With 26 per cent support, it has reduced the gap and is now just five points behind Fine Gael.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fine-gael-succeeds-by-keeping-distance-between-economy-and-abortion-1.3465985


Ireland – Taoiseach to launch campaign for pro-repeal FG members

Taoiseach to launch campaign for pro-repeal FG members
Leo Varadkar to hold an event calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in Eighth Amendment referendum

Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to launch a campaign for Fine Gael members in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Mr Varadkar and a number of senior Ministers will hold an event this weekend outlining why they believe people should vote “Yes” in the forthcoming referendum on the Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/taoiseach-to-launch-campaign-for-pro-repeal-fg-members-1.3464898


Ireland – Sinn Féin to decide on holding Ard Fheis on abortion

Sinn Féin to decide on holding Ard Fheis on abortion

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent

Sinn Féin will decide next Monday whether to hold a special national conference to decide if the party will back the Government proposal to allow unrestricted access to abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Party sources say there are differing opinions internally on whether Sinn Féin should take a position, including how any divisive debate could impact on leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/sinn-fein-to-decide-on-holding-ard-fheis-on-abortion-468251.html


Ireland – Sinn Féin unlikely to change position on abortion before referendum

Sinn Féin unlikely to change position on abortion before referendum
Party now opposes terminations up to 12 weeks and must hold ardfheis to propose change

March 8, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

Sinn Féin is unlikely to hold an ardfheis to update its abortion policy before the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment is held.

The party is currently in favour of repeal and allowing for abortion in a specific set of circumstances. However, it is currently not in favour of allowing for abortion without restrictions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy - which is the policy that will be put before the Dáil if the referendum passes.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sinn-f%C3%A9in-unlikely-to-change-position-on-abortion-before-referendum-1.3419544


Ireland: TDs are evenly split on 12-weeks abortion proposal

TDs are evenly split on 12-weeks abortion proposal
‘Irish Times’ survey raises doubt over whether such legislation would pass in Dáil

Feb 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

TDs are deeply divided on the proposal to introduce abortion on request up to 12 weeks, an Irish Times survey has found, and there is significant doubt over whether proposed abortion legislation would command a majority in the Dáil.

The Government has said it will introduce legislation to give effect of the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion if the forthcoming referendum to abolish the Eighth Amendment, which bans abortion is almost all circumstances, is passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/tds-are-evenly-split-on-12-weeks-abortion-proposal-1.3378189