Both Eamon Gilmore and Mary-Lou McDonald have said that their parties will be whipped in support of abortion legislation, presumably to include the 'risk of suicide'.
I'd argue that no Catholic can now continue to vote for either party in good conscience. In fact there is a moral imperative not to do so. I imagine that this will be made plain to Catholics up and down the country too.
I do not know what heed will be taken of such a position by the Catholic Church by what proportion of those who attend church at all, but it seems to me to be a needless shot in their own feet by the two parties, apparently beholden to their trendy liberal contingents. Why have a whip? Why not do what is routine and normal in the UK - leave it to a free vote of conscience?
It'll be interesting to see if the Catholic hierarchy are not too cowed by their own self-inflicted position to overcome what seems to have been relative timidity in the last few months and speak out directly against a vote for either party on the basis of their unnecessarily antagonistic decisions on the whip. I would expect them to do so now.