BID TO FORCE ABORTION POLL.
A CROSS-party group of TDs and senators is plotting to force a poll on abortion.
They aim to invoke a rarely-used part of the Constitution to block the proposed legislation now before the Dail.
Under Article 27 the President can refuse to sign a Bill into law if it is petitioned by at least 55 TDs and 30 senators. If the petitioners were successful, a referendum would have to happen.
Among those leading the charge are Labour TD Colm Keaveney.
He said: "This is a politically neutral initiative involving pro-life, pro-choice and non-committed figures. It is about those who are concerned about the escalating democratic deficit in the country."
But Government ministers yesterday rejected calls for a referendum on the new legislation.