Survey shows overwhelming support for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

Mr Kearney said his party's equality and rights agenda "is not negotiable".

The new Taoiseach and his administration should now publicly disassociate itself from the pro-unionist, partisan position of the British Government and bring forward a comprehensive plan for Irish reunification, he said.

The DUP have a deadline of June 29 to get a deal done with Sinn Fein in order to restore order in Stormont.

"We want to ensure that as much as possible, while there many be a political border between our two countries, there should not be an economic border, and that any border that does exist should be invisible".

Talks to restore confidence took a back seat in recent days as the political focus largely shifted to London and the DUP's deal to prop up the Conservatives at Westminster.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill also sat down with the Taoiseach yesterday, a series of meetings partymembers Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle Gildernew also attended.

Mr Coveney, who was taking part in the latest talks initiative in Belfast for the first time since his appointment last week, said he believed all five parties were up for making a deal. "I think it is all very doable".

The Prime Minister has confirmed she will publish the details of any deal that is reached between her party and the DUP, as she insisted talks will not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday Agreement.

She said: "There is an irony to being lectured by some about our role in the national government of the United Kingdom when Sinn Fein want to be in government here in the Republic of Ireland".

"Not only do a huge majority of people in Northern Ireland want to see abortion made available to women and girls in the tragic circumstances of sexual crime or fatal foetal diagnosis, but they also want to see abortion decriminalised and dealt with through healthcare policy".

"I hope we will have an executive that will involve them all too".

On Brexit, Ms Foster said her party wanted to see "a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody".

However, Minister Coveney has said that as Ireland is one of the 27 European Union member states, "we will be negotiating from a position of strength".

Prompted by her poor election showing, particularly among pro-EU young people who fear losses of jobs and opportunity from Brexit, some of her most senior ministers and two former Conservative prime ministers have called for a rethink.

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