Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): used in conjunction with IVF to screen embryos for specific genetic disorders before they are implanted into a woman to try to achieve  a pregancy. Photograph: Bill Davis/Newsday

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, stopped referring patients abroad for a controversial reproductive treatment after receiving leg(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters protest in Dublin about direct provision: many children are born in direct provision and many stay there, awaiting a decision on their residency status, for as long as seven years. Photograph: David Sleator

I remember a girl in my secondary school class at Goldenbridge who stood out as being different. We were all poor but she was poorer still. Maybe it w(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien requested a report ‘that establishes all of the facts surrounding the care given to a woman who had her pregnancy ended pursuant to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.’  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is undertaking an internal review to report on the care given to a woman at the centre of the abortion controversy.(...)

Evon Brennan and Rosemary Adaser, two of the founders of Mixed Race Irish, a campaign for the recognition of mixed race Irish people who suffered racist abuse in institutional care.

Last month, during a discussion on the forthcoming commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes, Anne Ferris put on the Dáil record the expe(...)

Anne Ferris: “Where other sisters in our age group have shared experiences and a shared family history, we have just had a very long, long gap in our lives . . . We look very alike but so far that’s the only aspect of our lives that we share.”

When TD Anne Ferris took to her feet in the Dáil chamber last week it was to speak on a deeply personal matter. The 59-year-old revealed that, up unti(...)

Anne Ferris: “I never played childhood games with this sister. I never fought with her over toys” 1:33

A Government backbencher has spoken of her first meeting with her sister just two weeks ago.In a poignant address to the Dáil Labour TD 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

A Government backbencher has spoken of her first meeting with her sister just two weeks ago.In a poignant speech to the Dáil, Labour TD Anne Ferris (5(...)

Labour TD Anne Ferris said current law “is like a door that slams shut after the adoption”, locked and sealed to prevent access between the child and birth relatives.

  Irish adoption laws are too rigid about maintaining secrecy and control, a TD who was adopted and whose first child was also adopted, ha(...)

 Wicklow TD Anne Ferris of Labour pictured in 20111. File photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Government backbencher has told the Dáil of her discovery only at the age of 17 that she was adopted. Labour TD Anne Ferris said “the informa(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter: Survived motion of no confidence

The Government last night comfortably voted down a Fianna Fáil motion of no confidence in Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. The resu(...)