Dáil debate on abortion law amendments

Wednesday 17 July 2013 14.12
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Over 160 amendments to Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill tabled
Over 160 amendments to Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill tabled
Eamon Martin said TDs were more concerned with being ex-communicated from their own partys
Eamon Martin said TDs were more concerned with being ex-communicated from their own partys
Protesters held an all-night vigil outside Leinster House
Protesters held an all-night vigil outside Leinster House
Supporters of the bill also gathered outside the Oireachtas
Supporters of the bill also gathered outside the Oireachtas
Groups opposed to and in favour of the legislation outside the gates of Leinster House
Groups opposed to and in favour of the legislation outside the gates of Leinster House
Around 150 campaigners wait for TDs to arrive
Around 150 campaigners wait for TDs to arrive

The Dáil has now disposed of the first nine proposed amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, and is discussing amendment ten, out of 165.

While the amendments were debated in themed groups, they are voted on in numerical order.

In the only vote so far, on amendment eight proposed by Sinn Féin's Peadar Tóibín, Minister of State Lucinda Creighton voted with the Government.

The first amendment she has proposed is number 22, which may or may not be reached by 5am, when the debate is due to be adjourned - in which case she may not actually vote against the Government until after the debate resumes at 6pm.