Alan Shatter: “enormously confused” by the proposals Mr Varadkar announced

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has launched a blistering attack on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar about his proposals for surrogacy legislatio(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government approved the Children and Family Relationships Bill when it met on Tuesday, according to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Taois(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: The surrogacy proposals are expected to include a provision that at least one of those involved has to be a genetic parent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State’s first set of proposed laws to deal with surrogacy are expected to be considered by Cabinet today.At least one of those involved in a surro(...)

Former minister for justice said because the new children’s Bill addresses such important issues it was important that it was given appropriate time for debate in the Dail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said the Government needs to reconsider the lack of reference to surrogacy in the Child and Family Relationsh(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter:  is “greatly concerned” the draft Bill hasn’t yet been published by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Alan Shatter made a brief appearance in the Dáil canteen on Tuesday night. Around the same time, the former minister for justice was appearing in the (...)

Alan Shatter said when he was a minister he talked to the  Attorney General about dealing with fatal foetal abnormalities under “ordinary” legislation.

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has said the next Government should legislate for abortion in cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormality. Mr (...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has lodged an appeal to the High Court over a Circuit Court decision in a case against the Data Protection Commmissioner. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has lodged an appeal to the High Court over a Circuit Court decision in a case against the Data Protection Co(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Ruairí Quinn: said his main focus was on “consolidating the Labour Party vote in the constituency”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some former high-profile Cabinet ministers have remained virtually silent in the Dáil since leaving prominent government positions.According to Dáil s(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Was asked by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw comments that Mr Martin said questioned Fianna Fáil’s “motivation”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is facing the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him after he suggested Fianna Fáil and (...)