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#FREE VOTE

# free-vote - Monday 25 June, 2018

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# free-vote - Thursday 20 June, 2013

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

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 This post contains videos

Tánaiste: All government TDs expected to vote for abortion legislation

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 Exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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