Many in Leinster House remain on the fence on abortion question

Inside Politics podcast: The Eighth Amendment battle lines have been drawn

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said he did not agree with his party’s stance on the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said he did not agree with his party’s stance on the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

 

On the question of the Eighth Amendment, there remains in Leinster House a good number of fence sittters. The time for them to jump off is drawing near, says Sarah Bardon and Fiach Kelly.

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For Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín - who supports the full retention of the Eighth Amendment - concerns about “sex selection” abortions and abortion when the foetus has been screened for Down Syndrome are key points on which the referendum campaign will be fought.

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He talks to Hugh, Fiach and Sarah about his view on abortion and his opposition of his own party’s position.

Deputy Tóibín also answers questions about a difficult week for Sinn Féin, as the Barry McElduff affair raised questions over the party leadership and how Sinn Féin handles its own dark legacy.

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