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Creighton and Labour TD in abortion spat

LUCINDA Creighton's concerns that new X case legislation could "open the floodgates" for abortion have been branded "disingenuous" by one of her coalition partners.

Tensions within Government are on a high over plans to legislate for abortion.

European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton has clashed with Labour TD Ciara Conway who described her comments on the upcoming abortion measures as "huff and puff".

Ms Creighton, a Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, has come in for criticism after she reiterated her concerns about the prospect of the inclusion of suicide as a ground for termination.

The minister is one of the most vocal Fine Gael deputies on the issue of abortion legislation and previously admitted that she could quit the party if the measures "go too far".

She has stood by her stance that legislating for the X case could "open the floodgates" for abortion -- a claim that drew strong criticism from Waterford TD Ciara Conway.

The Labour politician stated that the Government has given an "unequivocal commitment" to legislate for the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, adding that Ms Creighton's comments were "disappointing, disingenuous and unhelpful".

"Minister Creighton can huff and puff about her own personal reservations on the inclusion of suicide as a risk to the life of the mother but, on this issue, the Government's intention to legislate is unequivocal," she said.

"Legislation on abortion where the life of the mother is at risk is long overdue.

"It will provide for terminations in the most limited of circumstances, and this is as far as we can go.

"However, the area of lethal foetal abnormalities will not be addressed by this legislation, as its scope is limited to the risk to the life of the mother, but I believe that will have to be addressed in the future."