Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney questioned in the Dáil

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘I was worried about the parallels with fascism. How you move from a situation where you are arguing as you see it from a democratic point of view but you then decide that imprisoning people in a car is an appropriate way to treat people or to have some kind of a democratic discussion, I simply don’t know.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton pondered country run by anarchists as she was trapped in Jobstown protest

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Tánaiste would like to see eighth amendment to the constitution repealed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

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