‘Brave’ or ‘a betrayal’? Fianna Fáil members split on Martin’s abortion stance
‘Micheál has given the proverbial two fingers to the majority of my fellow members’
Kris Shekleton: ‘I am extremely disappointed and angered.’
Chris Walsh: ‘I believe Micheál Martin showed outstanding leadership in his speech yesterday.’
Eoin Neylon: ‘It is heartening to hear the party leader give voice, in his personal capacity, to the sizable minority of members who would be pro-choice leaning.’
Kate Feeney: ‘As a young woman, I was heartened to see the leader of one of the largest partyies in the State take such a reasoned and well researched approach to the issue.’
Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin made a surprise announcement on Thursday that he would vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and to allow abortion on request until near the end of the first trimester.
The Irish Times invited Fianna Fáil supporters to share their views on Martin’s new stance. The responses we received, a selection of which are published here, show just how divided the reaction is to their leader’s personal decision to support the proposal to legalise abortion on request.