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A Fine Gael councillor, who was a strong supporter of Enda Kenny during the leadership heave, has avoided conviction for drink-driving for a second time.

In last week’s case before Longford District Court Councillor Frank Kilbride [above], a former showband star, was charged with failing to provide a breath sample at Longford Garda Station on March 24 last year. The case was dismissed because he was not given options to provide blood or urine samples.

In 2007, Mr Kilbride was charged with careless driving and failing to provide a breath or urine sample after a traffic accident near Granard. Gardaí said they had had to take evasive action in their patrol car to avoid a collision with a car approaching on the wrong side of the road. They said they followed it and moments later found the car the councillor was driving was lying on its roof.

Councillor Kilbride who resigned from Fine Gael last July over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill  and subsequently rejoined the party, hosts his own weekly country music show on Sky 191 and has inspired a tribute song to his driving escapades.

Good times.

The Fine Gael councillor (and showband legend) who gets off over a second drink-driving incident (Jennifer Bray,Aisling Kiernan/Irish Daily Mail) [not available online]

Any excuse for the unborn babbies.

Longford Councillor resigns from Fine Gael (Shannonside Radio, July 2013)

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In next Sunday’s ‘The Moment of Truth’, Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh talks to Danielle, an Irish woman “who in her late teens became pregnant and travelled to England to have an abortion. It is a choice that has marked her life, but which she still does not regret.”

An RTE Religious programme featuring a guilt-free abortion experience.

Have we turned a corner?

What about the shame and the cancer we were told about?

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Oireachtas Retort tweetz:

Look who made the Swedish version of Everyday Sexism. Do we even need translation?

For the curious amongst us, the piece [which appeared in the Swedish tabloid Expressen] translates as:

Wants to change the view on sex: “Today’s young women have sex besides than in a relationship way too freely,” thinks relationship debater and journalist David Quinn. He believes a change in the view on relationships and sex is the solution to the abortion question.

You’re welcome.

Thanks Grim Reefer

“It doesn’t matter what people’s feelings are, Audrey. Sure, if 99% of people vote to have babies killed it doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t make it right what you’re doing. God doesn’t allow it. You are flying in the face of God, killing human beings which he has created and you will answer some day for it.”

Caller, ‘Mary’ responds to Audrey Simpson of the Family Planning Association on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘The Nolan Show’ [with Stephen Nolan] this morning.

Mary opposes current proposals to change the law in Northern Ireland which could allow for abortion in TFMR cases and for victims of rape and incest.

Abortion: Justice Minister David Ford to consult on changing NI’s laws (BBC News NI)

Previously: Meanwhile, In Belfast





Finglas (St. Canices & St. Margaret’s), Dublin Parish Priest Padraig Ó Cochláin.



Stephen Nolan spoke this morning on BBC Radio Ulster with a newly married woman, Sarah who is pregnant.

She discovered after a scan that her foetus had anencephaly.

Under existing laws in Northern Ireland, Sarah is unable to procure an abortion for her condition.

Her options are to carry the foetus to full-term or travel to Britain for a termination.

As she is 20 weeks pregnant, there is only one clinic that will perform the procedure.

She describes how she was harassed and intimidated by protestors at a family planning clinic in Belfast.

Her story will feature tonight on The Nolan Show, BBC1 at 10:35pm.

Previously: Where Is Your Decency?

Choice Words

A Marie Stopes Protestor

00139255Repeal of Article 40.3.3 from the Constitution

The what?

Article 40.3.3, inserted following the Eighth Amendment referendum in 1983, provides that: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

Haven’t we just cleared that up?


Oh. When do we want it?

“In the 30 years since the passing of the 8th Amendment at least 150,000 women have gone overseas for abortions; at least three women have died because they were denied abortions here; and we now have the most restrictive abortion legislation imaginable – which does not even allow abortion on grounds of rape or incest, fatal foetal abnormality, or inevitable miscarriage. Women whose lives are threatened by the risk of suicide due to unwanted pregnancy face so many obstacles that they will probably not even ask for an abortion here.

The perverse logic of Art. 40.3.3, interpreted by the Supreme Court in 1992 and now enshrined in James Reilly’s Act [Protection of Life During Pregnancy], means medical conditions due to pregnancy that are not in themselves life-threatening (eg inevitable miscarriage – like Savita Halappanavar) must be allowed become life-threatening before it is legal to terminate a pregnancy.

Reilly’s Act also says that ‘unborn human life’ should be protected by law from the moment of implantation until delivery, supposedly because 40.3.3 requires it. This effectively rules out fatal foetal abnormality, and inevitable miscarriage, as grounds for abortion. We disagree with Reilly, as do a range of legal experts. Alan Shatter and Alex White claim to support legislation to allow abortion on such grounds: they should put a Bill through the Dáil and see if the Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional under 40.3.3. Must we have another death before the Dáil acts to protect women’s lives?”


Joan Collins TD


“Even if [Minister for Health James Reilly] Reilly’s Act was less restrictive, 40.3.3 and the X Case ruling would only allow abortion if a woman’s life is at risk due to pregnancy. It is unacceptable that the Constitution should make a distinction between a woman’s health and her life, or ban abortion on other grounds – including a woman’s choice – and force women overseas for abortions. Art. 40.3.3 must be repealed. We call on Alan Shatter and Alex White to also call for the repeal of 40.3.3.

There are many in Ireland who think that it should be left to a woman to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, without legal or medical interference. We agree with that. But we also recognise that many others think abortion should only be available if pregnancy puts a woman’s health at risk, or in cases of rape, incest, or fatal foetal abnormality. None of these changes can be made while 40.3.3 is in the Constitution. We think that people with different views can all work together by making repeal of 40.3.3 the focus of our campaigning over the coming months and years.


Clare Daly TD


Long-term FIGHT!

Thanks Brendan Young

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)