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Irish Taoiseach receives 'letters in blood' over abortion bill

The Irish Prime Minister has revealed that he's been sent letters written in blood and been subjected to claims that he is a "murderer", ahead of a controversial vote on abortion legislation.

Enda Kenny's government agreed a draft bill in April to allow for limited access to terminations where a woman's life is in danger, including the threat of suicide.

A final vote is due to take place before parliament's summer recess in July, despite intense opposition from members of the government, pro-life advocacy groups and the Catholic Church.

On Tuesday the Catholic Bishops of Ireland issued a statement saying every citizen "should be deeply concerned" by the government's proposals.

But Mr Kenny insisted he was "a public representative, who happens to be a Catholic, but not a Catholic Taoiseach".

Footage from Oireachtas Live

  • 12 Jun 2013
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