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Citizens’ Assembly ‘a delaying tactic against Repeal’ – O’Reilly

7 January, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking ahead of the meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD reiterated her party’s call for the Eight Amendment to be repealed and for the enactment of legislation to allow for terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest.

The Dublin Fingal TD said:

“While the Citizens’ Assembly is yet another delaying tactic from a Government that does not have the stomach for dealing for ‘controversial’ issues, it is important that they are now given the space to proceed with their deliberations and come to their conclusion.

“My Party and I feel strongly that the Eighth Amendment has no place in the Irish Constitution and that it’s repeal and replacement with legislation to allow for terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, rape, and incest is crucial for the safety and welfare of women in Ireland.

“The removal of risk to a woman’s life must be central to the discussion and to any legislation enacted.

“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny had promised swift action, but the reality is that recommendations from the Constitutional Convention, convened by his previous administration, were never acted upon.

“Women are waiting for this legislation and many are angered by having to wait even longer.

“The people have a right to their say on the issue of the Eight Amendment. The Government seem determined to delay that right.

“Deflection and delay will only cause more uncertainty and suffering for women.” 

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