One Kildare TD votes against holding abortion referendum

Vote on holding a referendum on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment passed in the Dail yesterday

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One Kildare TD votes against holding abortion referendum

A vote on the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment is expected to be held before the end of May

One Kildare TD was among the 32 members of the Oireachtas who voted yesterday against the holding of a referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Fianna Fáil deputy for Kildare North, Frank O’Rourke, was among the 21 TDs from that party who voted no to staging a poll – a higher number than expected from the party.

Deputy Frank O'Rourke

The second stage of the bill which will allow for the holding of a referendum was passed with a majority of 110 to 32, and was sent to the Seanad. It is widely expected now that the referendum will be held at the end of May.

Of the sitting Fianna Fail TDs, Deputies James Lawless (FF), Bernard Durkan (FG) and Catherine Murphy (SD) from Kildare North and Martin Heydon (FG) and Fiona O’Loughlin (FF) from Kildare South voted in favour of holding the referendum.

As the current Ceann Comhairle, Kildare South FF deputy Sean Ó Fearghail does not vote in the Dáil.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael allowed deputies a free vote on the issue. Two Fine Gael TDs, eight Independents and one Sinn Féin TD also voted against.