Launching her party’s clár for the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry on Friday and Saturday, Ms McDonald referred to her party’s recent abstention in the vote on Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s defeated Bill to permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín will not support an ardfheis motion on allowing abortion in fatal foetal abnormality cases which is strongly backed by the (...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly arrive at Ennis District Court in a case relating to an incident at Shannon Airport last July. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The US military cannot project military power in the global war on terror without the use of Shannon airport as it is currently configured. That is ac(...)

Crowds gather outside the Central Bank in Dublin to protest against the jailing of five anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Two anti-water charge protesters, who were among five jailed last week for defying a court order, have gone on hunger-strike, thousands of people who (...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Oireachtas health committee has agreed to a Government Senator’s request to resume abortion hearings to establish if fatal foetal abnormality legi(...)

Clare Daly outside Leinster House following the defeat of her vote against the Government on the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members Bill. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Many TDs appear to want something done to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape, but not yet.The message comes from the to(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said the introduction of legislation on fatal foetal abnormality “could help to support women, couples and families affected each year in Ireland by the tragic diagnosis”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas health committee has been asked by a Government Senator to resume abortion hearings to establish if fatal foetal abnormality legisl(...)

Legislating on “life” issues – abortion or related matters like assisted human reproduction – has never been a priority for Dáil Éireann or our govern(...)

Sen Ronan Mullen: said some babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities went on to live for months and even years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Ronan Mullen criticised the abortion Bill defeated in the Dáil on Tuesday.The Bill, introdu(...)