Ireland: Minister plays down significance of poll on abortion

Simon Coveney says government happy to wait the recommendations that emerge from the citizens’s assembly
Oct. 9, 2016
Barry Roche

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney has played down the significance of The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll which showed a significant majority of people in favour of changing the constitution to allow for abortion.

Mr Coveney said the government could not decide on policy on the basis of opinion polls and he was happy to await whatever recommendations emerge from the citizens’ assembly which is due to meet later this month to consider the future of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

According to The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, 55 per cent of voters favour the repeal of the Eighth Amendment allow abortion in the case of rape or fatal foetal abnormality and a further 19 per cent favour allowing abortion in all cases as requested as happens in the UK. 18 per cent oppose any repeal.

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Source: Irish Times