We ask councillors where they stand on referendum and abortion proposals
AHEAD of next week’s referendum on the possible repeal of the Eighth Amendment The Kerryman contacted all 33 councillors who sit on Kerry County Council to ask their opinions on the issue. The councillors were asked two questions.
1: Are you in favour of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment? Yes or No.
2: Should the electorate vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, are you in favour of the proposal that would allow abortions, without any restrictions, up to the 12th week of a pregnancy? Yes or No.
Councillors were also invited, if they wished, to submit a short, 120 word article outlining the reasons for their views, or to make a pitch to voters.
As many councillors opted not to submit an article we have decided to print the pieces that were submitted in full, regardless of their length. These are printed here, along with images of the respective councillors.
Remarks from other councillors – many of whom were contacted by phone having not replied to our initial e-mail survey – are included, along with their answers to the two main questions that we posed.
The Kerryman succeeded in making contact with 31 of the 33 councillors that comprise Kerry County Council.
In addition to the initial e-mail, several calls were made to the two councillors who could not be contacted in time for our print deadline. We would be happy to include their views in our next edition.