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When will the people finally be allowed their say on the Eighth Amendment? – McDonald

4 May, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

At Leaders Questions today, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD asked Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald when the Government will put the issue of the Eighth Amendment to the people in a referendum.

Deputy McDonald said that the Government’s approach to the matter has been dominated by the ‘politics of delay’ and warned that coalition cannot continue to ‘kick the can down the road’.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Dublin Central TD said:

“The Eighth Amendment affects women and their families in every corner of this state. It is a relic of the past and it has to go.

“For far too long, women have been denied dignity, respect and basic services.

“Now that the Citizens’ Assembly has concluded its deliberations on the Eighth Amendment, it is clear that people are not willing to stand for this treatment any longer.

“The recommendations show there is a clear appetite for reform and change of the current situation regarding access to terminations

“What is also clear is that there cannot be any more delays or anymore kicking the can down the road on the part of your government.

“The Oireachtas now needs to do its job. We need to put the issue of the Eighth Amendment to the people in a referendum.

“The women of Ireland need to know when the matter will be put to people in a referendum.

“We need to know the government’s mind set on timing.

“The government must make it clear when it will allow the people to finally have their say on the Eighth Amendment.” 

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