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    Default Will Kenny do what needs to be done or flunk it again?

    Leaving aside the whole incident in Galway that has brought abortion back into the centre of political life with a bang - the Ryan group also has presented their report to the Minister in regard to legislating or not for abortion on the basis of Supreme court judgements........

    What will Kenny do? - he is a vocal anti-abortionist - but he is also Taoiseach and has a duty to uphold the constitution.

    What will he do if the report comes back recommending legislation on the basis of the X case and other judgements?

    Will he?

    A) do nothing for as long as possible- very likely
    b) commission another report - 100% if he can get away with it and push the can down the road as long as possible

    Will Labour stand for this? - is this the non-economic issue that always seems to break coalition governments

    This is getting silly now - and tragic - there will be more cases coming along

    If Kenny and some of his party have such a problem with abortion in all cases - well then they should call a referendum that rules out abortion period - in all cases - and no get outs -and put it to the people

    then if the people reject this - then they should legistate for the current situation or stand aside and let somebody else who takes their duties seriously on with the job.

    this consistent flunking away from the issue is just running out of road now

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    He won't have a choice this time round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ger12 View Post
    He won't have a choice this time round.
    In theory he won't have a choice but that won't stop him having a good go at flunking it. That's why both Government parties voted down the Bill in April. FG do not want this legislation through.....

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    It would require backbone, something inda and his minders are lacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post
    In theory he won't have a choice but that won't stop him having a good go at flunking it. That's why both Government parties voted down the Bill in April. FG do not want this legislation through.....
    Yep - thats what I think will happen - lots of talk about consideration and reflection - borrow Mehole Martins handbook on how to get as many reports commissioned as possible - and hope the whole thing blows over and that the next time it happens - and it will happen until we do the decent thing here - that he won't be in office when it does

    Its a cop- out - Fine Gael is divided on the issue - but in the main - it would be anti-abortion - the grassroots are anti- abortion - but their electoral support have a much more nuanced opinion on the matter - but they dont go to FG branch meetings which are populated mainly by the elderly and the 20 somethings going 70 something in mentality..........

    Labour have real leverage here - will they use it? - all depends on a report that we the public will not get to see for a good long time yet - if ever

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    He will put on that very serious pretend face he uses followed by the deeper toned serious voice and refer it to a review team to kick it around long enough to get him clear of actually doing something. Or he could blame it on the Trokia, Sinn Fein, The South Sea bubble, or The last mob. Take your pick.
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    He will do whatever is safest.

    What is safest will depend upon the level of public outrage which follows this recent tragedy and the extent to which that outrage turns out to be justified.
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    They badly need to make abortion a non-party political issue and get the buy-in from all parties on drafting legislation which will have cross-party support.

    It's that simple. If aa prty decides to dissent on the issue then they become the party at fault next time an X case happens.

    If they all commit to it none of them suffer politically.

    Also they should make it a whip vote and ignore the vote of conscience vote crap that some TD's will claim.

    If they're not with the party line on such an issue then throw them out.

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    Whatever he does, Kenny will be eaten alive by many in his own party and beyond.

    Kenny is in a no-win situation here. This is the sort of issue that is so divisive it could actually bring down the government.

    I believe he will try to do the right thing by introducing the necessary legislation to cover the X case ruling but will not be able to bring a majority in FG with him to back it. Labour has its own divisions on the issue - and I don't think the govt can rely on FF to support any legislation.

    The Savita case in Galway means the govt can no longer kick to touch on this issue - they have to deal with it now.

    This is the nightmare scenario for all concerned:

    For the pro-lifers, the type of case they assured us could never happen just has.

    For the pro-choice side, this will bring out the crazies on the other side and no proper debate will be possible.

    And the politicians, whatever they say in public, are scared sh1tless of this issue and would run a mile if they could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edo View Post
    Leaving aside the whole incident in Galway that has brought abortion back into the centre of political life with a bang - the Ryan group also has presented their report to the Minister in regard to legislating or not for abortion on the basis of Supreme court judgements........

    What will Kenny do? - he is a vocal anti-abortionist - but he is also Taoiseach and has a duty to uphold the constitution.

    What will he do if the report comes back recommending legislation on the basis of the X case and other judgements?

    Will he?

    A) do nothing for as long as possible- very likely
    b) commission another report - 100% if he can get away with it and push the can down the road as long as possible

    Will Labour stand for this? - is this the non-economic issue that always seems to break coalition governments

    This is getting silly now - and tragic - there will be more cases coming along

    If Kenny and some of his party have such a problem with abortion in all cases - well then they should call a referendum that rules out abortion period - in all cases - and no get outs -and put it to the people

    then if the people reject this - then they should legistate for the current situation or stand aside and let somebody else who takes their duties seriously on with the job.

    this consistent flunking away from the issue is just running out of road now
    At this point, its impossible to say if legislation reflecting the X Case judgement would have saved this poor woman's life. I think to use this tragedy to set up a thread in order to preemptively have a go at Kenny seems a bit lame, to be honest.
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