Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Before explaining why his Government was about to vote down a Bill aimed at helping parents struggling to come to terms with a fatal diagnosis for the(...)

The Dáil is voting on the TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. 2:32

Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s Bill to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality was defeated in the Dail by 104 votes to 20 with th(...)

 Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday, and Monday night saw Labour’s Anne (...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)

Labour TD Anne Ferris is expected to vote against the Government and support a Bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish TimesAnne Ferris

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a Bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. W(...)

The board overseeing the development of the new National Children’s Hospital in the grounds of St James Hospital is confident that it will receive planning permission by the end of 2015.

The board overseeing the development of the new National Children’s Hospital in the grounds of St James Hospital is confident that it will receive pla(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said it was “completely and utterly wrong to tarnish an entire community” over concerns about criminality by some after anti-Roma protests took place on Manor Street in Waterford.

Anti-Roma protests in Waterford city over the weekend have been described as “cowardly, prejudiced and racist” by Minister of State for Equality, Aodh(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will need to put in a sure-footed performance in the Dáil tomorrow, and at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday, to settle frazzled nerves. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Seanad ballot papers have been distributed to TDs and Senators ahead of the byelection next week to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of F(...)

Excerpt from the ballot paper in the forthcoming Seanad byelection.

The ballot paper for the election to fill a vacancy on the Seanad’s Cultural and Educational Panel lists John McNulty as a board member of the Irish M(...)