Minister of State Lucinda Creighton has expressed concern about the possibility of allowing the threat of suicide to be a basis for an abortion.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week In Politics, Ms Creighton said she had concerns about “the whole question of suicide and how it can be defined”.

Her comments come as the Cabinet prepares its response to an expert group report which looked at the options for dealing with abortion under the X Case ruling.

A number of newspapers today reported that several other Fine Gael TDs share Ms Creighton’s concerns.

However the extent of any political fall-out will only become clear when the Government publishes its detailed proposals in the coming months.