Martin admits divisions within FF over abortion

The issue of abortion will take centre stage on day two of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in Dublin.

Delegates will debate four motions with the party admitting there is division over its position on abortion legislation.

The Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin said the party accepts there needs to be legal clarity with priority given to protecting the mother's life.

Meanwhile Mr Martin will deliver his keynote address to the 4,000 delegates in the RDS tonight.

There are four motions on today's Ard Fheis agenda to reaffirm Fianna Fáil's position as pro-life and to oppose any major legislative changes.

However, the Fianna Fáil leader said the party will wait to see the Government's proposals before revealing its official stance on abortion.

There will also be discussions today on resolving the mortgage and jobs crisis.

Motions relating to the party will include a call for an end to Church gate collections and a ban on allowing former TDs, who did not stand in the 2011 General Election, from running in future contests.

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