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# free-vote - Monday 25 June, 2018

Tóibín concedes he may not be able to run under Sinn Féin banner at next election
# Abortion Stance
# Abortion Stance

Tóibín concedes he may not be able to run under Sinn Féin banner at next election

Jun 25th 2018, 10:24 AM 20,826 Views 75 Comments

He also confirmed that he won’t be resigning from the party.

# free-vote - Thursday 22 March, 2018

Poll: Should politicians be sanctioned for voting against their party?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should politicians be sanctioned for voting against their party?

Mar 22nd 2018, 8:21 AM 20,450 Views 130 Comments

Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan was suspended from the party after she voted against Eighth Amendment legislation yesterday.

# free-vote - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Trouble brewing as Independent Alliance still want a free vote on Repeal the Eighth bill
# Abortion
# Abortion

Trouble brewing as Independent Alliance still want a free vote on Repeal the Eighth bill

Oct 19th 2016, 6:03 AM 5,729 Views 36 Comments

An Independent Alliance source said the members have the same thoughts on the Bill as they did on Mick Wallace’s legislation on fatal foetal abnormalities.

# free-vote - Wednesday 29 June, 2016

Dissent in the ranks: 'We gave our points of view, they gave theirs - but there was no agreement'
# FREE VOTE
# FREE VOTE

Dissent in the ranks: 'We gave our points of view, they gave theirs - but there was no agreement'

Jun 29th 2016, 6:10 AM 16,033 Views 11 Comments

Members of the Independent Alliance want a free vote on a Bill that would allow for a termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

# free-vote - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

'This is not a sport, it's just cruelty': Irish TV and music stars support ban on hare coursing
# Animal Cruelty
# Animal Cruelty

'This is not a sport, it's just cruelty': Irish TV and music stars support ban on hare coursing

Jun 21st 2016, 3:09 PM 16,869 Views 121 Comments

Ireland is one of only three countries that allows hare coursing. Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan wants it to end.

# free-vote - Saturday 17 January, 2015

Lucinda: Party will have free vote on 'life' issues like euthanasia, abortion
# Spare The Whip
# Spare The Whip

Lucinda: Party will have free vote on 'life' issues like euthanasia, abortion

Jan 17th 2015, 7:30 AM 7,055 Views 52 Comments

Creighton has defined more clearly what she considers to be ‘matters of conscience’ to which the whip of new party will not apply.

# free-vote - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

The Ceann Comhairle has called for the whip to be dropped on issues on conscience
# FREE VOTE
# FREE VOTE

The Ceann Comhairle has called for the whip to be dropped on issues on conscience

Dec 30th 2014, 5:58 PM 8,645 Views 44 Comments

Speaking to The Irish Times, the Ceann Comhairle expressed his views specifically in relation to the Eight Amendment.

# free-vote - Friday 7 February, 2014

‘A fundamentally dishonest motion’: Sinn Féin rejects move to give TDs free vote on abortion
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

‘A fundamentally dishonest motion’: Sinn Féin rejects move to give TDs free vote on abortion

Feb 7th 2014, 9:11 PM 12,236 Views 67 Comments

The party’s Ard Fheis is under way in Wexford with delegates voting down a motion to allow members to vote with their conscience on the issue of abortion.

# free-vote - Monday 1 July, 2013

'A slur on the women of Ireland': Shatter slams abortion bill opponents
# Abortion
# Abortion

'A slur on the women of Ireland': Shatter slams abortion bill opponents

Jul 1st 2013, 3:50 PM 7,092 Views 83 Comments

Meanwhile it appears the majority of Fianna Fáil TDs will oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill as a marathon Dáil debate continues.

# free-vote - Monday 24 June, 2013

# free-vote - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Walsh: We're being asked to choose between Fine Gael values and Fine Gael
# Abortion Bill
# Abortion Bill

Walsh: We're being asked to choose between Fine Gael values and Fine Gael

Jun 20th 2013, 10:27 PM 6,290 Views 47 Comments

The TD said today that the fact he did not support a motion by Deputy Peter Mathews had led some to believe he did not support a free vote.

# free-vote - Friday 31 May, 2013

Tánaiste: All government TDs expected to vote for abortion legislation
# Abortion
# Abortion

Tánaiste: All government TDs expected to vote for abortion legislation

May 31st 2013, 9:56 AM 2,951 Views 16 Comments

Eamon Gilmore said the issue of whether or not the Dáil votes on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill is a matter for the opposition parties.

# free-vote - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Fianna Fáil to examine if free votes should be given more often
# Conscience
# Conscience

Fianna Fáil to examine if free votes should be given more often

May 30th 2013, 9:19 PM 5,828 Views 41 Comments

Micheál Martin tells TheJournal.ie that a committee is to examine whether other matters merit a conscience vote.

Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to have free vote on abortion bill
# Abortion
# Abortion

Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to have free vote on abortion bill

May 30th 2013, 4:56 PM 4,684 Views 34 Comments

The party could not reach a unified position on the legislation, so members will be allowed to vote without party instruction.

# free-vote - Sunday 21 April, 2013

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform

Apr 21st 2013, 8:00 AM 10,200 Views 36 Comments

The whip system – where TDs must vote with their party position or risk expulsion – is the subject of some debate in political circles but immediate reform, ahead of potentially divisive abortion debate, appears unlikely.

# free-vote - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

Apr 18th 2013, 1:30 PM 12,114 Views 70 Comments

Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.

# free-vote - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

Toibín dismisses talk of SF rift after defeat on abortion 'free vote' motion
# Abortion
# Abortion

Toibín dismisses talk of SF rift after defeat on abortion 'free vote' motion

Apr 16th 2013, 6:45 AM 4,379 Views 12 Comments

Peadar Toibín says he is “determined” to ensure that he is on the same page as Sinn Féin when the Dáil votes on abortion laws.

# free-vote - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Column: Toeing the party line on issues of conscience isn’t right
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Toeing the party line on issues of conscience isn’t right

Nov 29th 2012, 7:30 PM 258 Views 46 Comments

Ireland’s rigid party whip system erodes true democracy – and this is never so evident as on the issue of abortion, writes Larry Donnelly.