DUBLIN, June 2, 2003 ( – In a shocking move, the supposedly pro-life government of Ireland has opposed a European Parliament motion to ban all human cloning, including for ‘therapeutic’ purposes.  Initially the Irish government had backed the measure. An Irish Department of Health spokesman said that the government was opposed to reproductive cloning but was concerned that a ban on therapeutic cloning would hamper potentially beneficial research.  Dana Rosemary Scallon, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Ireland, charged that “The new Irish position is clearly in conflict with our constitutional protection of life from conception.”  Green Party MEP Patricia McKenna was also stunned by the position. “We would have thought that the Government would have taken a very conservative view on something like this given all the moral issues involved in Ireland around an issue like this,” she said.  See the coverage from the Irish Examiner: