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TDs must put aside personal positions and legislate for X case – Stanley

21 November, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s TD for Laois/Offaly Brian Stanley TD has tonight urged, “TDs from all political parties to set aside their personal positions on abortion and face up to our responsibilities as legislators.”

Speaking during his party’s Dáil motion calling on the government to legislate for the Supreme Court judgement, Stanley said;

“The eyes of the world are on Ireland, particularly on the legislators here tonight. We are having a debate and a vote that should have taken place twenty years ago. Consecutive governments have failed to legislate. The Taoiseach can no longer hide behind reports and enquiries. The government must legislate as a matter of urgency. Women of Ireland deserve no less form their government.

“Sinn Féin’s position north and south is consistent. Introducing legislation in the south based on the 1992 Supreme Court judgement will in fact harmonise the law north and south. No amount of mischief making by journalists can alter that.

“Our motion is a reasonable response. It gives a voice to the majority view in this state. It is balanced and we believe it is acceptable to all TDs in the house. I would urge TDs from all parties to set aside their personal views on abortion and support the Sinn Féin motion.”


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