Sinn Féin X Case motion defeated

Wednesday 21 November 2012 22.07
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The Government amendment to the motion was carried by 88 votes to 53
The Government amendment to the motion was carried by 88 votes to 53
Clare Daly has said that criticisms of the original bill have been responded to
Clare Daly has said that criticisms of the original bill have been responded to
Students and lecturers gather ahead of a protest at Limerick IT
Students and lecturers gather ahead of a protest at Limerick IT

A Sinn Féin Private Members' motion calling on the Government to legislate to give effect to the 1992 Supreme Court ruling on the X Case, has been defeated.

The Government amendment to the motion was carried by 90 votes to 53.

Earlier, United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly said that the bill that she introduced this morning, to legislate for the X Case, is an amended version of legislation she had previously introduced.

Deputy Daly's original bill was debated in April and was defeated on second stage during Private Members' Time.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Ms Daly said that the deputies behind the legislation had responded to the criticism of their original bill.

"At the time, the Government pinpointed a number of areas where they thought our legislation was a bit loose, in terms of areas around the issues of consent and issues of offences," Ms Daly said.

"Obviously, it's not the same bill that we're introducing. It's an amended version to take account of the objection raised by Government at the time."

The legislation, in the name of Deputy Daly, Mick Wallace and Joan Collins, was introduced as a Private Members' Bill and has to be debated in Private Member's Time.

When Deputy Daly's bill was debated in the Dáil in April, it was defeated by 111 votes to 20.

It was supported by four ULA TDs (Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett and Joe Higgins).

The bill was supported by nine of the 14 Sinn Féin TDs (Gerry Adams, Seán Crowe, Michael Colreavy, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Pádraig MacLochlainn, Mary Lou McDonald, Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Brian Stanley)

Six Independents (Stephen Donnelly, John Halligan, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Catherine Murphy, Maureen O'Sullivan and Mick Wallace); and one Labour TD who had already lost the party whip (Patrick Nulty).

The bill was opposed by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil, as well as by three Independent TDs (Noel Grealish, Michael Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath).

Student protest in Limerick

Earlier, a student protest took place in Limerick calling on the Government to legislate for the X Case.

Students from third-level colleges across the city gathered at Limerick Institute of Technology to honour the memory of Savita Halappanavar.

The protest was addressed by a number of student leaders and lecturers.

Meanwhile, around 20 MEPs staged a protest outside the European Parliament calling on the Government to introduce abortion legislation.

MEPs from the United European Left, Socialists, Liberals and Greens took part.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already received a letter signed by 53 MEPs seeking immediate action.

600 protest outside Dáil

Gardaí say that about 600 people protested outside the Dáil this evening, calling on the Government to legislate for the X Case.

It comes a week after the country learned of the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The demonstration was organised by the Irish Choice Network through social networks.

They are calling on the government to legislate for the X Case.

Organisers from the Irish Choice Network said their main objective was to make sure this never happens again.

But they say they also want to have free, safe legal abortions in Ireland to protect women's lives and stop what they said was exporting Irish abortions.

Organisers say they believed about 1,000 people turned up for this evening's demonstration