10,000 people tell Enda Kenny to keep his pro-life promise
10,000 people have taken part in a huge Vigil for Life at Dáil Eireann to tell the government that legislation on the X case will lead to abortion on demand and was "absolutely unacceptable to the Irish people".
The candlelight vigil, which was organised by a coalition of pro-life groups brought traffic to a standstill as thousands called on Enda Kenny to 'Keep his Pro-life Promise' and urging the government to protect both mother and baby.
Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that the aim of the event was to ensure that Enda Kenny kept the pro-life promise given by Fine Gael in Election 2011.
"We need to ensure that both our mothers and babies are best protected by banning abortion," she said. "Clarity is now coming back to the debate following the hysteria whipped up by abortion campaigners after Savita's tragic death - and the pro-life majority will want to ensure that Fine Gael does not move to legislate on the X case".
She said that such legislation would bring Ireland to follow the British model of abortion provision, and that that regime was "anathema" to most Irish people.
She was loudly cheered by the huge crowd when she warned Enda Kenny that on this issue, the Irish people "are not for turning" and that there would be political consequences if Fine Gael broke irs promise and moved to legalise abortion.
Ms Uí Bhriain said that revelations that the Irish Times article which broke the news of Savita's death may have based on 'muddled' information was "truly shocking".
"At the Vigil for Life today we remembered Savita and her baby and, and we mourned the loss of their lives. And we asked that the media and the political establishment now look at the cynical exploitation of this tragic death of a young mother, and seek to find the facts."
"The Irish Times story - and it's sensationalist headline - gave the whole world the impression that Savita Halappanavar died because she couldn't get an abortion. Now the journalist that broke the story is cautioning that perhaps a termination had not been requested and that some of the facts may have been 'muddled'; a little late for caution now that Ireland's reputation has been destroyed on a global scale."