No ...   Anti-abortion protesters during a recent Dublin march.   Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Usually referendums add protection to human rights. Pro-choice campaigners, however, want a referendum to take one away – the 8th amendment, the Co(...)

Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said a UN committee report published on Monday has sent the Government a “strong message”. C(...)

A total of 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to the UK for abortions last year, an increase on the 2013 of 3,679.

A total of 3,735 Irish residents travelled to to England or Wales last year for abortions, statistics published by the UK Department of Health show. (...)

The Medical Council has decided that no further action should be taken against Dr Katherine Astbury (above) in relation to the care of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No action will be taken by the Medical Council against Dr Katherine Astbury, the consultant obstetrician who led the care of Savita Halappanavar befor(...)

A message from prominent anti-abortion campaigner Cora Sherlock referring to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s intervention in an abortion debate was re-tweeted by @OireachtasNews on Tuesday night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

A tweet posted on the official Oireachtas Twitter account, @OireachtasNews, on Wednesday morning explained that a re-tweet about abortion had been rem(...)

Cora Sherlock is a solicitor and deputy chairwoman of the Pro Life Campaign. Photograph: Cora Sherlock via Twitter

Dublin solicitor and deputy chairwoman of the Pro Life Campaign Cora Sherlock has been named one of this year’s 100 Women by the BBC.The list includes(...)

A section of the crowdat an anti-abortion Vigil for Life at Merrion Square, Dublin, in June. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The deputy chairwoman of the Pro Life Campaign has said the biggest challenge facing the movement in Ireland is the “extremely biased” media.Cora Sher(...)

 Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: disagreed with  pro-choice view that women in Ireland did not have determination over their own bodies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has backed her party colleague Olivia Mitchell’s view that the eighth constitutional amendment should be put to a referen(...)

The guidelines ‘highlight the problems with the legislation’ which ‘forces a woman to run a gauntlet of doctors and bureaucracy to access an abortion’, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Concerns were raised about newly issued abortion guidelines with pro-choice campaigners saying it showed the legislation’s narrowness and anti-aborti(...)

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said.“Tuam w(...)