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Irish Taoiseach receives 'letters in blood' over abortion bill

12 June 2013 Last updated at 17:10 BST

The Irish Prime Minister has revealed that he's been sent letters written in blood and been subjected to claims that he is a "murderer", ahead of a controversial vote on abortion legislation.

Enda Kenny's government agreed a draft bill in April to allow for limited access to terminations where a woman's life is in danger, including the threat of suicide.

A final vote is due to take place before parliament's summer recess in July, despite intense opposition from members of the government, pro-life advocacy groups and the Catholic Church.

On Tuesday the Catholic Bishops of Ireland issued a statement saying every citizen "should be deeply concerned" by the government's proposals.

But Mr Kenny insisted he was "a public representative, who happens to be a Catholic, but not a Catholic Taoiseach".

Footage from Oireachtas Live