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(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party he sought reassurances from Mr Shatter that his statement to the Dáil, when he said he only learned of the recording of calls at Garda stations earlier this week, was correct.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour Ministers defended Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a meeting of the parliamen(...)

For Fine Gael, a Garda authority or board has never been on its agenda, and it would be likely to resist such a move, even if it was pressed by Labour. Photograph: Frank Miller

Labour Ministers are expected to support an initiative by party backbenchers calling for a separate Garda authority to oversee the 13,000-strong fo(...)

Committee deputy chairwoman 
Anne Ferris: 
is of the view 
there was a problem with the existing legislation that 
established the commission. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee is reviewing legislation that underpins the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to establish if it provides effectiv(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: said all four congregations were “co-operating” with the Government scheme to compensate the women through “providing all the available records and verifications as requested”

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has written for a third time to the four religious congregations that ran Magdalene laundries seeking a contribution(...)