A former Supreme Court judge who ruled in the 1992 X Case says legislation should have been brought in after the Irish people passed a referendum giving equal rights to the mother and unborn child nearly 30 years ago. Hugh O’Flaherty was a member of the Supreme Court when it established in 1992 the right of Irish women to an abortion if a pregnant woman’s life was at risk because of pregnancy, including the risk of suicide. Since 1992, there have been calls to bring in legislation to deal with the ruling. However, Mr O’Flaherty, who’s from Kerry, says legislation should have been brought in after the 1983 referendum which put into the constitution the equal rights of the mother and the unborn child. He says laws should have brought in after the 1983 change to the constitution.
Ger Counihan is chairman of the Kerry Vintners’ Federation. They met Minister Ross this week to raise concerns about rural towns and villages.http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/repeatger.mp3