The NUI electorate has chosen two conservative Senators and one Socialist. Ronan Mullen is a conservative on social issues and strongly opposed to abortion. Fergal Quinn is also conservative and opposed to abortion. Joe O Toole is a Socialist. The TCD electorate chose Shane Ross, Ivana Bacik and David Norris. Bacik and Norris are pro abortion. Expect heated debates on abortion as Ronan Mullen clashes with Bacik and Norris. The Irish Times reports that - “At the count his supporters included his parents, sister, nephew, his cousin Michael (a Fine Gael councillor), Prof Binchy and Justin Barrett, a former Youth Defence spokesman."
Whether the Irish Times likes it or not Ronan Mullen is representative of the views of the NUI electorate on the abortion issue. Any campaign launched in the Senate by Norris and Bacik -to promote abortion- is doomed to failure.