“We know from the divorce and marriage equality campaigns that, in order to be passed, the effect of a referendum must be clearly spelt out in advance – people need to know what they are voting for.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

We need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This amendment, passed in 1983, has cast a blight over an entire generation – our generation, too young to hav(...)

A Bollywood Kids dance was part of the Diwali Festival of Lights organised by the Indian Cultural and Sports Community Galway and Indian Society at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway’s Indian community celebrated “light over darkness” at its annual Diwali festival at the weekend, when a tribute was paid to former particip(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Argued that a patient-safety body within the HSE would never win public acceptance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The creation of a new patient advocacy service to provide advice and support to users of the health service is to be announced by Minister for Heal(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

A candlelight vigil in Galway marking the anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The solicitor for Praveen Halappanavar, widower of Savita Halappanavar, has said he expects an application to be made within the next week to 10 days (...)

The anniversary event in Galway was organised by Galway-Pro Choice and included a photo display alongside a book of remembrance. Photograph: : Joe O’Shaughnessy

The third anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar was marked with a candlelight vigil in Galway city centre on Wednesday night. The death of M(...)

This year’s March for Choice in Dublin, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign. Supporting the legalisation of abortion does not imply that you morally agree or disagree with it. It is merely an acknowledgment of the reality that it happens, combined with a commitment to show compassion to Irish citizens. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The possibility of finding a consensus in the public debate about abortion often appears hopeless. Deeply held beliefs about a woman’s bodily integrit(...)

The burden of indemnity cover has fallen exclusively on the State after soaring indemnity costs contributed to the closure of the country’s last private maternity unit at Mount Carmel Hospital. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The quality and safety of Irish maternity services have been under unrelenting scrutiny over the past five years, a period that includes the tragic de(...)

Gaye Edwards at the launch of the Amnesty International Ireland report ‘She Is Not a Criminal’, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Language is important in discussion of abortion. To refer to someone on either side of the debate as “anti-choice” rather than “pro-life”; or as “p(...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Dáil  as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill were being voted on in 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some types of equality are more equal than others. The Marriage Referendum was scarcely over before Amnesty International began immediately campaignin(...)