Justice Minister says her priority is not on holding an abortion referendum

The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says her main focus is on preventing crisis pregnancies, not holding a referendum on abortion.

Justice Minister says her priority is not on holding an abortion referendum

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald | Photocall file photo

Frances Fitzgerald's comments were in response to the UN's Economic & Social Council's findings that Ireland's abortion laws are too restrictive.


The committee believe legislation is also unclear on the circumstances that allow a termination to be carried out.

It's calling on the Government to take "all necessary steps" - including a referendum - to allow wider access to terminations in line with international standards on human rights.

Minister Fitzgerald spoke to Ocean FM about the issue: