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Mary Lou McDonald TD welcomes decision by Oireachtas Committee to recommend repealing Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

14 December, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald welcomed the decision by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to recommend repealing Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Yesterday we received the very good news that the Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted to recommend the repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution.

“It is my hope that the referendum vote will come quickly and that the people can have a comprehensive, respectful and democratic debate, concluding with the removal of the eighth amendment from the Constitution.

“This referendum will be an opportunity for a new generation to have their say on a matter of fundamental social importance.  It has been a long time in the making so there can be no undue delay by Government in its commitment to hold the referendum in 2018. 

“The task presented to the Committee members has been both complex and contentious.”

“I want to acknowledge the work of its members, including committee Chair Senator Catherine Noone and Sinn Féin’s committee members Deputies Louise O’Reilly and Jonathan O’Brien and Senator Paul Gavan, and to thank them for their efforts.

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