Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

Minister says Judge Yvonne Murphy ‘ideally suited’ to challenging role

Catherine Murphy: said “we stand to repeat the mistakes of the past if we do not act to address the grossly discriminatory laws that govern abortion”

Mistakes of the past will be repeated if 31-year-old decision not revisited, says Independent TD

Anne Ferris: “I never played childhood games with this sister. I never fought with her over toys”

Mother-and-baby home inquiry must also deal with laundries, adoption, church, says Anne Ferris

In a poignant speech to the Dáil, Labour TD Anne Ferris (59) said  “before that day two weeks ago, I had never laid eyes on my sister”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Mother-and-baby homes inquiry must be all-encompassing and honest, says TD

 Members of the Irish language and Gaeltacht community protest outside  Government Buildings yesterday after the announcement Joe McHugh TD is to be the new junior minister for the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister of State with Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs to take refresher course

New junior minister Joe McHugh, who was appointed to the Gaeltacht post even though he does not speak Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Row breaks out in Dáil over appointment of non Irish-speaking Joe McHugh to Gaeltacht job

Senator Ned O’Sullivan: “It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Attitude to nomination of next EU commissioner disappointing, says Ned O’Sullivan

Gerry Adams: “Why does the State deny or refuse to accept responsibility for the clear abuse of these women over decades?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach ‘cannot patronise these women’, Adams warns

 Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil: said the problem would be tracing the culprits. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sale and supply of laser torches should be targeted, says Fianna Fáil

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