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Abortion debate to resume this afternoon

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8:54 AM - 11 Jul 2013



The debate on the abortion legislation will resume this afternoon after TDs failed to finalise the Bill following marathon overnight talks.

Proceedings were suspended at 5 a.m. - at which stage only two amendments to the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill had been voted on.

European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton voted with the coalition on those votes - but she's still expected to revolt and vote against the legislation at a later stage.

There was a late-night scare for Labour when one of its TDs, Michael McNamara, unexpectedly appeared to vote with the opposition on allowing abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

But Labour's whip later insisted the vote was a genuine mistake and there wouldn't be any repercussions.

And tempers were frayed this morning as the Dail was adjourned with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin branding the whole debate a farce;



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