An Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is as entitled to his opinion as anyone on the Eighth Amendment.
The Taoiseach was reacting to comments by Minister Varadkar who said abortion should be allowed if there is significant risk to a woman’s long-term physical health – not just in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
The 1983 amendment enshrined the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn into the Constitution.
A termination is now only possible if there is a risk to the life of the mother.
However, the Taoiseach says that the Eighth Amendment cannot be taken out just like that and says if Fine Gael is re-elected he will set up a citizens convention that will address issues arising from the current status of the Amendment.
This will be followed by a free vote on the issue in the Dáil for Fine Gael TDs.
Speaking to Radio Kerry, when asked if the timing of Leo Varadkar’s comments were unhelpful, the Taoiseach had this to say.