The lists of honour .... and shame. (Thanks to ProLife Campaign).
It's fitting that the party allegiances are excluded because, when the bell tolls, none will be able to claim the defence of "following orders".
Voted against abortion
Ó Cuív, Éamon
Voted for abortion at Final Stage in Dáil
Boyd Barrett, Richard
Broughan, Thomas P
Byrne, Thomas Calleary, Dara
Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella
McDonald, Mary Lou
McGrath, Finian McGrath, Michael
Mitchell O’Connor, Mary
Ó Broin, Eoin
Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín
Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh
Ó Snodaigh, Aengus
Abstained in Final Stage vote on abortion
Murphy O’Mahony, Margaret
Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, participated in a photocall in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday afternoon urging voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment.
The photograph that now exemplifies everything that is wrong with Irish politics and politicians.
The complete turnaround in attitude and his intolerance clearly indicates that he was either lying then or is lying now.
He has not just recanted what he previously claimed were deeply-held principles, he has become almost evangelical is his support for abortion. Add to this the fact that he is venomous in his reaction to his supposed erstwhile fellow travellers in the pro-life movement.
If, at some stage in the past, he believed that the killing of an unborn child was wrong, why is he so uncompromising with those who still hold that position?
You'd wonder what have we become as a people when this legislation is welcomed as 'awesome' and women are twittering that they want to sleep with Simon Harris for giving them 'bodily autonomy'. It's unprecedented in a so-called civilised society that people are actually rejoicing about this, and will weep for puppies abandoned at Christmas.
Prayers offered for the unborn at all Masses today; too late I'm afraid.