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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.

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TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that all members of the two government parties will be expected to vote for the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill later this summer.

He was speaking at a jobs announcement in Dublin this morning when he said that he hoped the vast majority of the members of the Dáil would support the legislation which enshrines in law the verdict in the X Case.

Gilmore was asked about the possibility that no vote would be held on the legislation and it would pass without opposition as there may not be sufficient numbers of TDs opposed to it. He said that this will be decided by the opposition parties and not by government.

“The issue of a vote only arises if somebody opposed to it calls a division,” Gilmore said. “The government is not going to be calling a division on its own legislation.”

The Tánaiste was also asked if he anticipated any opposition to the legislation:

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