The Bar Council of Ireland, scheduled to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee on the abortion issue today, pulled out saying it could not adequately represent the diverse opinion of its members.
Do you think it odd, considering how many of the academics today appeared to agree on many points in the hearings, that there is such diverse opinion in the Law Library (TCD professor William Binchy the dissenting voice I thought at today's hearing). Opinion was given from Jennifer Schweppe from the University of Limerick, Ciara Staunton of the law school at NUI Galway, Dr Simon Mills from the Law Library (who proposed his own legislation), TCD professor William Binchy and former Supreme Court justice Catherine McGuinness.
I also thought it interesting and concerning that a question I've raised before here was asked and dismissed as not having relevance to today's hearing by one of the academic experts (that is if a foetus were to survive in the event of a late termination, would it then e.g. be in the care of the State?).
Would it have more prudent of government to have invited and involved, for example, former Attornies General or leading Senior Counsel (with constitutional practices) in an effort to ensure there was open and all inclusive discussion of this issue?