Last weekend, Fine Gael, the majority Party in Ireland’s coalition government held it’s annual meeting in central Dublin. It was a time for the Party faithful to come together for two days of backslapping and encouragement, presided over by Party leader (and Irish Prime Minister), Enda Kenny.
Given the events of the past few months however, it’s hard to imagine that anyone in Fine Gael spent too much time talking about the issue of abortion at the weekend. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that short-term memory loss among pro-life voters might be exactly what Enda Kenny is hoping for these days. If, by some miracle, that were to happen, the disaster that was the enactment of the Protection Of Human Life In Pregnancy Act would be forgotten. Maybe the fact that Fine Gael politicians gave a commitment before the last general election not to legislate for abortion – only to turn around and do exactly that – would be overlooked. In that political fantasy, it might still be possible for Fine Gael and Enda Kenny to lay claim to pro-life votes.
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