Irish PM plays down Pope’s concerns9 January 2013
The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, has hit back at comments made by Pope Benedict XVI criticising countries "of Christian tradition" that are moving to introduce or expand abortion legislation. Observers said the comments, made in a speech on Monday, referred to Ireland.
Speaking in Germany, Mr Kenny responded by saying the Irish Government would seek to introduce regulations that "restrict a move towards abortion on demand".
He said the Government was "setting in place a framework and a process so that legal certainty will apply to medical personnel who have to make decisions where the life of a mother is threatened".
The deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore of the Labour Party, said of the Pope's position, "I disagree with it."
Read the Pope's speech here.
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