We ask coun­cil­lors where they stand on ref­er­en­dum and abor­tion pro­pos­als

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - SPECIAL REPORT - BY SI­MON BROUDER

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.

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