28 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Clones councillor Yvonne Newell this week announced her resignation from the Fine Gael party over her stance on abortion.

At Monday’s meeting of Clones Town Council, Councillor Newell, who was elected in 2009, handed out a written statement that said her decision was based on her firm Catholic beliefs and her belief in God and therefore being answerable to only Him.

“I am unable to reconcile my faith and the shocking passing of the abortion law forced through by Taoiseach Enda Kenny undermines my most personal beliefs,” the statement continued.

The Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, which allows for abortion in limited circumstances, was passed in the Dáil in July last year and Cllr Newell’s statement explained that the reason for her delay in taking action was due to a genuine desire to serve the people of the community who elected her.

Expressing sincere thanks to the Fine Gael party for allowing her the opportunity to serve her community, Cllr Newell said that she will now run as an independent candidate.

“I am now ready to do as I wished since August and will now serve the people as an independent candiate. I wish to send my dearest thanks to …

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