Council backs move to oppose legalisation of abortion

Leitrim County Council has passed a motion to oppose any form of legalisation of abortion under any circumstances.

Leitrim County Council has passed a motion to oppose any form of legalisation of abortion under any circumstances.

Cllr Mary Bohan put forward the motion at Monday’s council meeting proposing that “in keeping with the wishes of the Irish people, as emphatically expressed in the 1983 Referendum, Leitrim County Council opposes any form of legalisation of abortion in any circumstances”.

The motion was seconded by Cllr Francis Gilmartin.

Cllr Gerry Reynolds requested that the record note that he did not want to be identified with this motion.

“I understand this is a very difficult issue but I think that the wording of the motion is premature as the Government is awaiting recommendations of an expert group on this issue,” he told the chamber.

“I don’t think we should be discussing this issue until the expert group has made its recommendations,” he said.

Cllr Thomas Mulligan said there appeared to be a notion that the Government has already committed to reform of legislation on abortion.

“At the moment the Government is awaiting the report of the expert group and then the recommendations will go to the parliamentary group.

“There appears to be a perception that Fine Gael is in favour of legalising abortion. That is not the case,” he said.

Cllr Bohan said she was not making any assertions on Fine Gael policy on the matter but was merely putting forward the motion as worded “unless someone wishes to amend it”.