Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to defuse public controversy and tensions between the Coalition parties over abortion by promising swift action and calling for a “calm, rational and sensitive discussion”.
However, there was adverse reaction within his own party, with a number of Fine Gael backbenchers complaining that they were being “press-ganged” into moving too rapidly to deal with the matter.
The report of the expert group set up after the 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgment against Ireland on abortion was discussed at Cabinet yesterday morning and subsequently published online.
The report contained four options for the Government, but leaned heavily in favour of a flexible combination of legislation and regulations.
A Dáil debate on the report starts on Tuesday, and Mr Kenny said he would “provide as much time as people desire”.
The Taoiseach said that prior to the Dáil going into recess for Christmas “the Government will make its view known, arising from those discussions and our own views, regarding which option it decides to pursue”.
From January 8th-10th and before the Dáil resumes the Joint Committee on Health and Children will hold public hearings on whatever option is chosen.
Full article by Deaglán de Bréadún and Mary Minihan here
From the Irish Times - 'Taoiseach calls for 'calm' discussion as he pledges swift action on abortion'
The Master of the National Maternity Hospital is a woman under pressure. When I arrive at the agreed time for an interview, I am told at the front desk of the antiquated building on Holles Street that there are others waiting ahead of me. The “others” sitting in the small entrance hall waiting for Dr Rhona Mahony include a significant one – the Minister for State at the Department of Health, Alex White.
Fine Gael TDs must back legislation to deal with the European Court of Human Rights ruling that pregnant Irish women need certainty about legal abortion rights in Ireland, or else lose the party whip, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
TV3 PLANS TO broadcast a debate on the issue of abortion tomorrow night.
We'll probably be live tweeting it over at @SavitasLaws, see you there?
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What: Protest at the Dail @ 7pm
Why: The Government is set to debate the Expert Group recommendations - we will be streaming audio live outside.
How: As before, people will gather. Most likely we'll have some opening speeches, then we'll simmer down for the Dail debate, then we'll have closing statements.
What's different: As we're going to spend some time listening to the debate, bring camping chairs / a flask of tea/coffee to keep warm, and be sure to wrap up.
Do you know any street vendors?
It's going to be a busy winter's night on the street, people would probably love to buy some grub, or at the very least some tea and coffee - if you know street vendors (with the relevant licences) please let them know they'll have a really large captive market on hand to buy their warm food and drinks.
We have a request, a fairly important one; information is key in this debate. This piece is from Eamon O'DWYER, LLB, FRCPI, FRCOG Professor, emeritus, of Obstetrics and Gynaecology National University of Ireland, Galway; while retired 10 years now, he worked there and in UHG for over 40 years. We cannot see how either of these places would be free of his influence.
Be warned, this article is ugly to read both because the site is horrible and the content is worse.
Over 2,000 attend another vigil and protest at the Dail. We will not be ignored. Never again! The next protest is on Wed 28th at 7pm - details HERE.
Tweets during Sinead Redmond's emotional speech
Sinead Redmond, Pro-Choice activist and heavily pregnant talks about the 8th amendment as a '152' year old relic. #Savita
Video of Clare Daly at the protest tonight
Photos from the march tonight
Savita Halappanavar died from infection after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital even though she was miscarrying. Her death has reignited the abortion debate in the Catholic country where abortion is allowed only to save the life of the mother. Should Ireland’s abortion laws be changed or are current laws sufficient? The world is watching this case with #Savita. Join the conversation at 19:30GMT.