Joan Burton: “I think the wellbeing of the woman, of the mother, of the family, of the baby should be at the heart of the debate.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘People I want to see around the bed are doctors, not lawyers’, says Tánaiste

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Barrett claims criticism meant to deflect attention from Maíria Cahill controversy

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and junior minister Kevin Humphreys have published the Gender Recognition Bill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Those from the age of 16 will be recognised under Bill published by Joan Burton

Tánaiste Joan Burton said abortion laws do not serve women well.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste would like to see eighth amendment to the constitution repealed

No political appetite to hold referendum, writes Fiach Kelly

It is understood the pregnancy is in the second trimester and that the foetus is well below the threshold for viability outside the womb.

Woman suffered a brain trauma a number of weeks ago

Leo Varadkar made his comments on abortion in the Dáil on Tuesday

Minister for Health tells Dáil laws are too restrictive

Leo Varadkar chose his response to an abortion Bill tabled by Clare Daly, in which he all but said a referendum is needed someday to repeal the eighth amendment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Analysis: Minister for Health’s speech an ‘honest account of his opinions’

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

By-election and presidential rules vote also announced

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