SPE­CIAL REF­ER­EN­DUM RE­PORT: WHAT YOUR COUN­CIL­LORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT NEXT WEEK’S KEY VOTE

WE ASK KERRY COUNTY COUN­CIL­LORS WHERE THEY STAND ON ABOR­TION AND RE­FORM OF THE EIGHTH AMEND­MENT

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON BROUDER

THE ma­jor­ity of Coun­cil­lors in Kerry are op­posed to the re­peal of the Eighth Amend­ment and the pro­posal to al­low un­re­stricted ac­cess to abor­tions up to the 12th week of preg­nancy.

This week The Ker­ry­man sur­veyed all mem­bers of Kerry County Coun­cil, re­ceiv­ing replies from 31 of its 33 mem­bers.

The re­sults re­veal strik­ing dif­fer­ences in the level of sup­port among coun­cil­lors for the re­peal of the Eighth Amend­ment and the Govern­ment pro­posal to in­tro­duce laws al­low­ing un­re­stricted ac­cess to abor­tion up to 12 weeks, should the elec­torate vote to re­move the Eighth Amend­ment.

While nine coun­cil­lors said they were in favour of Re­peal and planned to vote ‘Yes’, just three of those were in favour of the, so called, ‘12 week pro­posal’.

Of the nine pro-re­peal coun­cil­lors three are ac­tively op­posed to the 12 week pro­posal while three more said they are un­sure about it.

In all, 12 coun­cil­lors said they are against the re­peal of the Eighth Amend­ment.

How­ever, three of the seven coun­cil­lors who said they did not wish to ex­press a view – Sam Locke, Michael Cahill and Tom McEl­listrim – were listed among the sig­na­to­ries of an open let­ter from 15 Kerry pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives who say they in­tend to vote ‘No’.

If the open let­ter – which was is­sued by Chair of the Kerry Right to Life group Cllr John Joe Cul­loty on Tues­day – ac­cu­rately re­flects the three coun­cil­lors’ views that would bring the num­ber of Kerry coun­cil­lors op­posed to re­peal up to 15 with nine in favour, three un­de­cided and six un­de­clared or un­known.

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