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 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.