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It is with some trepidation that politicians read the Grassroots column in the Galway Advertiser. Having escaped its wrath for the past six years, there was a sense of inevitability when my own political travails finally came into the firing line of the column here last week.
On Tuesday evening the Dail voted at second stage on the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill (2013). As expected four of our Fine Gael TDs (Peter Matthews, Brian Walsh, Billy Timmins and Terence Flanagan) very courageously voted against the Bill. Next week, I, too will vote against the abortion bill. More FG colleagues are expected to follow in the coming days.
Brian Walsh knows his political career could come to a premature end over his stance on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, yet he is adamant he is doing “what I believe is right, ahead of political gain”.
The recent Oireachtas health hearings on abortion, held in January 2013, shed a lot of light on the question of whether abortion is needed to protect women’s health in Ireland.