Ireland – Call for abortion vote delay over Citizens’ Assembly recruitment

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Call for abortion vote delay over Citizens’ Assembly recruitment
Heated exchanges in Dáil but Simon Harris says voters will get their say on issue in May

Feb 22, 218
Marie O'Halloran

A heated row erupted in the Dáil after calls were made for the abortion referendum to be delayed in the wake of a revelation that some participants in the Citizens’ Assembly were not recruited randomly.

Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon called for the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to be postponed because “the whole process is compromised” following the revelations about work done by recruiting firm RED C.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/call-for-abortion-vote-delay-over-citizens-assembly-recruitment-1.3401905

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Ireland: Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth

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Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth
Reaction: Harris says suggesting that women would abort disabled child is offensive

Jan 30, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

It is offensive to suggest that Irish women would seek an abortion to avoid having a child with a disability, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Mr Harris pointed out that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted specifically to avoid disability as grounds for abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-views-after-cabinet-agrees-to-vote-on-replacing-eighth-1.3373571

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Ireland: Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met

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Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met
Government risks ‘hornet’s nest’ if it does not go with repeal simpliciter option – Paul Murphy

Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Debate on abortion in the Dáil was cut short for a second night running after it proved impossible to reach a quorum of 20 TDs.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum, requiring that a minimum of 20 TDs be in the chamber to allow the debate to continue.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-debate-cut-short-for-second-night-as-20-td-quorum-not-met-1.3367610

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Ireland: Dáil abortion debate ends abruptly as Government TDs absent when quorum called

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Dáil abortion debate ends abruptly as Government TDs absent when quorum called
McGrath condemns lack of attendance as disgraceful in debate called for 10pm

Tue, Jan 23, 2018
Marie O'Halloran, Michael O'Regan

The Dáil debate on abortion was cut short because not enough Government TDs were present when a quorum was called.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum which requires 10 Deputies to be present. He said it was a disgrace that there were so few TDs present in the House for the debate on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/d%C3%A1il-abortion-debate-ends-abruptly-as-government-tds-absent-when-quorum-called-1.3366303

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Ireland: Disability sector must be heard in abortion debate, says McGrath

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Disability sector must be heard in abortion debate, says McGrath
Greater supports for children with disabilities needed in tandem with abortion legislation

Sat, Dec 30, 2017
Fiach Kelly

Moves to liberalise Ireland’s abortion legislation must be accompanied by greater supports for families of children with disabilities, the Minister of State with responsibility for disabilities has said.

Finian McGrath has also said representatives of the disability sector have told the Government they fear their voices will not be heard during the abortion referendum debate.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/disability-sector-must-be-heard-in-abortion-debate-says-mcgrath-1.3340795

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Ireland: Two rural TDs plan political lobby group with anti-abortion stance

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Two rural TDs plan political lobby group with anti-abortion stance
Mattie McGrath and Michael Collins set to promote anti-abortion message

Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Michael O'Regan

Plans are at an advanced stage for the creation of an informal political group to promote rural issues and an anti-abortion message, according to Independent TD Mattie McGrath.

The Tipperary TD told The Irish Times that a new year launch was envisaged for the group, which he is setting up with Independent TD for Cork South West Michael Collins.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/two-rural-tds-plan-political-lobby-group-with-anti-abortion-stance-1.3338487

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Ireland: Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians

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Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians
The abortion committee has voted in favour of repealing the eighth amendment — now it’s up to the Dail

Justine McCarthy
December 17 2017

After 13 weeks, 16 meetings, 47 witnesses and sporadic outbreaks of umbrage, a stunned silence suddenly descended on committee room three in the basement of Leinster House on Wednesday evening. The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment had just voted to recommend the repeal of the constitution's most divisive clause, the 34-year ban on abortion.

“Should we clap or what?” asked Brid Smith, a Solidarity-People Before Profit TD who has told how she took a boat to England in 1985 to have a pregnancy terminated. Laughter rippled through the public gallery and around the horseshoe-shaped committee desk. It stopped where Rónán Mullen, an independent senator, and the TDs Mattie McGrath, an independent, and Peter Fitzpatrick of Fine Gael sat together, stony-faced.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-and-the-eighth-amendment-putting-it-up-to-the-politicians-fjz8f0pzm

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Ireland: May timetable for abortion referendum – Tánaiste

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May timetable for abortion referendum - Tánaiste
Three anti-abortion members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment to boycott final meeting

Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.

He said most of the work on the Bills is expected to be completed by mid-March and he appealed to TDs to show leadership, with a respectful debate on an issue that “will divide households”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/may-timetable-for-abortion-referendum-t%C3%A1naiste-1.3326633

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Ireland: Mattie McGrath criticised for ‘fat lady sings’ abortion comments

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Mattie McGrath criticised for ‘fat lady sings’ abortion comments
Independent TD contacts Catherine Noone to apologise

Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has been strongly criticised for comments made about Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone.

Mr McGrath was asked about the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendations, which will be voted on today.

In response, Mr McGrath said it was not over “until the fat lady sings and I am not talking about the chairwoman”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/mattie-mcgrath-criticised-for-fat-lady-sings-abortion-comments-1.3325859

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Ireland: Three FF committee members want to make abortion available up to 12 weeks without restriction

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Three FF committee members want to make abortion available up to 12 weeks without restriction
Submission recommends GP-led service up to 12 weeks for terminations without reason

Dec 9, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Three Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have called for it to support making abortion available up to 12 weeks without restriction.

In a joint submission to the committee, Senator Ned O’Sullivan and TDs Billy Kelleher and Lisa Chambers outline their belief that terminations should be accessible when the life and the health of a mother is at risk. There should be no distinction between the mental or physical health of the mother, they add.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/three-ff-committee-members-want-to-make-abortion-available-up-to-12-weeks-without-restriction-1.3320733

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