A motion lodged at Kildare County Council's September meeting, calling for the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution has been defeated.
It was lodged by Celbridge/Leixlip Cllr., Brendan Young.
The motion, its understood, was defeated by 18 votes to 9.
There are, in all, 40 councillors on Kildare County Council; the 13 unaccounted for ballots in this vote indicates that some councillors abstained, or where absent from the chamber.
The result of the vote is being welcomed by the Life Institute.
In a statement to Kfm News, its spokesperson, Niamh Uí Bhriain, says “We’re canvassing the nation on this issue, and the views of the ordinary voter are not being remotely reflected in the strident media campaign for repeal. This vote by Kildare County Council is more reflective of what people are telling us on the doors,” she said.
The text of Cllr. Young's motion is as follows:
"In the light of the continued need for women to go to Britain to get abortion services, as made public by some of the women who have had to make that journey, KCC calls for all parties to cease prevaricating and support a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, thereby creating the conditions to discuss the provision of abortion services in Ireland"