Tuesday , May 30 2023

Peadar Tóibín plans new anti-abortion group after abandoning Sinn Féin


Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín resigned from the party for his opposition to abortion and says he will now seek to build a new party among the people who voted against the referendum on abortion.

Mr Toibin was suspended by the parliamentary party because of his opposition both to the referendum that abolished the eighth amendment to the Constitution and to the legislation currently being passed through the Oireachtas.

However, his announcement marks a complete break with the party after 21 years. Following is Offaly TD Carol Nolan, who has also left the party to oppose abortion.

While Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael exercise a conscientious vote on abortion, Sinn Féin insists his TDs observe the party party for the issue.

In a letter to party leader Aengus Ó Snodaigh on Thursday, Meath West TD said he resigned the party immediately "with a heavy heart."

He said he was excluded from the rights by speaking, the positions of the representative and had "censored significantly" in his media appearances.

He said that he had "tried to know how to make space with the party for people with different views on this subject", but they were always disappointed and missing.

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