Laois Fianna Fáil TD expects opposition to abortion legislation in the Dáil

Sean Fleming said he will do what the people of Laois want when it comes to legislation vote

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Laois Fianna Fáil TD expects opposition to abortion legislation in the Dáil

Sean Fleming at the Referendum count centre in Porltaoise.

Opposition to abortion legislation is likely in the Dáil according to Laois Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming who complimented his party leader on a leadership through the Referendum Campaign but declined to comment on whether his party is out of step with the electorate.

Dep Fleming, who is chairman of the Dáil public accounts committee, was among a number of Fianna Fáil TDs who voted no in the campaign. Exit polls reveal that just over half of Fianna Fáil voters were against repeal.

Tallies from the count centre at St Mary's Hall in Portloaise show that there is a majority yes vote in urban and rural parts of Laois. 

Speaking at the Laois count Dep Fleming said he expected the legislation to be given due consideration.

Asked if he would support legislation now needed to legalise the termination of pregnancy, the TD said his view now would reflect the vote of his constituency.

"I'll be doing what the people of Laois ask me to do," he said.

He said there should not be any surprise in the legislation that comes before the Dáil. He expected that political opponents of the legislation would try to delay new laws as has happened with recent drink driving legislation.

"There will will be some element of that," he said.

He said legislation should be in place by the end of the year but not before the Dáil rises for the summer. He said the details should be worked out at the Health Committee stage.

The TD claimed he did not campaign but said he was against change.

"I never campaigned for or advocated a no vote. Anyone who asked me what way I was voting I told them I would be voting no. I didn't ask anyone to vote no," he said.

He was asked if Fianna Fáil is out of step with the public.

"Well I don't think I'm out of step," he said.

He complimented his party leader Micheál Martin.

"I thought he had the toughest job of any party leader," he said.

Dep Fleming said he did not expect that that Fianna Fáil would force poeple to support the legislation by enforcing the party whip. The party has not done this so far.