Taoiseach concerned that abortion proposals 'go too far'

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2018

Many politicians are concerned that the proposal might go too far for a majority of people, Mr Varadkar said, speaking after the first Cabinet meeting of the new year which was dominated by a two-hour discussion on the proposed referendum.

First, however, the measure has to get through the Cabinet debate today. "Certainly, it went further than I would have anticipated a year or two ago", Mr Varadkar told journalists at Government Buildings.

It was a private and personal matter and there was a diversity of views in "almost every household in the country", Mr Varadkar added.

The Taoiseach has expressed his hope that a referendum will be held in May, but that timeline means quick movement on the issue will be needed when the Dáil returns next week.

He added that when he makes his decision he will advocate along the lines of how he is voting, and said ministers would be free to campaign on either side of the debate.

The Committee's recommendations are likely to be discussed by the Taoiseach and his ministers ahead of a special meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party next Monday afternoon.

Minister Harris, who supports the Committee's recommendations, said that there is very little time to organise a pre-summer referendum.

"I continue to consult with people in my constituency and I particularly want to consult further with the women because at the end of the day women will be most impacted by this decision", she said.

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