Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that he has been subject to personal abuse over the Government's decision to legislate for the X Case.

Responding to claims that he has reneged on an election promise not to legislate for abortion on RTÉ's The Week In Politics, Mr Kenny said some are branding him as being "worse than Herod".

In relation to the proposed abortion legislation, Mr Kenny said that legal certainty will be given to medical professionals and this will be done in a humanitarian way.

"I'm in not in the business of liberalising abortion. I am not in the business of providing abortion on demand," Mr Kenny insisted.