We asked all candidates to supply a Yes or No answer to the following question:
If elected, will you oppose any attempt to repeal the 8th Amendment or undermine legal protection for the unborn child?
This page will be updated daily between now and Election Day with answers from candidates as we receive them.
The voting record of TDs and Senators on the 2013 abortion legislation is also featured below.
The following parties have taken a strong stance on repealing the 8th Amendment and should not receive the pro-life vote:
People Before Profit
The Eighth Amendment is the last remaining constitutional protection for the unborn child in Ireland. Pro-Life people should only vote for candidates who are committed to keeping the 8th Amendment.
|TDs and Senators who voted against abortion in 2013
|FF||Charlie McConalogue TD||Voted against abortion in 2013 and favours keeping the 8th Amendment.|
|Other candidates and where they stand on abortion
|IND||Tim Jackson||Favours keeping the 8th Amendment.|
|FF||Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher||Favours keeping the 8th Amendment.|
|IND||Cllr. Frank McBrearty||Favours keeping the 8th Amendment but nonetheless supports a referendum that would open the possibility for the removal of the right to life of the unborn child, as stated publicly.|
|IND||Cllr. Ian McGarvey||No response to date.|
|IND||Dessie Shiels||No response to date.|
|FG||Paddy Harte Jnr.||No response to date. Fine Gael Party introduced abortion legislation in 2013.|
|IND||Cllr. Niamh Kennedy||Opposes keeping the 8th Amendment as stated publicly.|
|SF||Gary Doherty||Opposes keeping the 8th Amendment as stated publicly.|
|GP||Paula Flanagan||Opposes keeping the 8th Amendment as stated publicly.|
|TDs and Senators who voted in favour of abortion in 2013
|IND||Thomas Pringle TD||Voted for abortion in 2013.|
|FG||Joe McHugh TD||Voted for abortion in 2013.|
|SF||Padraig MacLochlainn TD||Voted for abortion in 2013.|
|SF||Pearse Doherty TD||Voted for abortion in 2013.|