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Young Fine Gael Calls on Government to Allow TDs Free Vote on Matters of Conscience - News - Young Fine Gael

Young Fine Gael Calls on Government to Allow TDs Free Vote on Matters of Conscience

Young Fine Gael (YFG) has today urged the Government to allow its deputies a free vote in relation to matters of conscience, in particular for the upcoming legislation following the Expert Group Report on abortion in the wake of the ECHR ruling in the ABC case.

"Ireland operates one of the strictest political whip systems in the world. While the whip system is necessary for some votes, like the annual budget, YFG calls on the government to allow members of the national legislature vote according to their own personal opinion on matters of conscience, rather than being obliged to toe the party line," YFG President, Patrick Molloy said today.

"YFG has long called for the relaxation of the whip system in Irish politics to promote debate and reform our political system. In recent weeks, we have seen a number of deputies disciplined due to taking an alternative stance to their party on different bills. We believe that continuation of the whip system on votes of conscience would be a de-stabilising influence on our national politics, which is to be avoided at all costs in the present political climate."

"The forthcoming legislation arising out of the Expert Group Report on abortion is, therefore, an appropriate time to allow this alteration to the whip system, as has been suggested by Junior Ministers over the last number of weeks. This development will be a healthy reform of Irish politics and we believe it is necessary for it to happen now," concluded YFG President, Patrick Molloy.

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