A number of pro-life FG TDs concerned about the government's plans to legislate for the X-case have put forward a proposal whereby the legislation would be reviewed after a number of years and rescinded if a majority in the Dail deemed it to have led to "abortion on demand" (assuming of course that the majority would be opposed to "abortion on demand") - in effect the legislation would have a "sunset clause".
I'm unfamiliar with any instances of previous legislation passed in the Dail having a "sunset clause" and it is best known in the US and Canada where Collins dictionary defines a "sunset clause" as "a provision of a law that it will automatically be terminated after a fixed period unless it is extended by law."
The exact details of how this would work in an Irish context would still have to be ironed out and it has already been put to Enda Kenny by Cork South West TD Jim Daly who urged him to accept the proposal. Other FG TDs known to be supporting the proposal include Lucinda Creighton, John O'Mahony and Tom Creed who initially came up with the proposal.
Labour bigwig Pat Rabbitte gave mixed signals on the proposal, saying he had no objection to a review of the legislation but didn't believe it was necessary to include a sunset clause.
Call for 'sunset clause' in abortion legislation - RTÉ News
This is a sensible proposal in my view and could avoid a division in FG when it comes to voting for the X-case legislation. Nevertheless, I am still firmly of the view that a threat of suicide should never be a valid reason for abortion and will await the publication of the legislation in full to see if it restrictive or permissive in this regard before making up my mind on it.