Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said  last year she was “struck” by  comments of the Rape Crisis Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, who also opposed the move. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to formally abandon moves by her predecessor Alan Shatter to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 1(...)

‘For some people a pregnancy might not have been a crisis 10 years ago but it is now.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Agnes always assumed that her mother would be supportive if she got pregnant, but just as she was working up the courage to break the news, her fat(...)

 The grotto in Granard, Co Longford, where 15-year-old Ann Lovett died after giving birth 30 years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In 1984, Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old girl, died alone after giving birth beside a Marian grotto in Co Longford. Her baby son died shortly after. It was (...)

Pregnancy is what happens when males and females have sex. Pregnancy is normal. Photograph: Getty Images

Thirty years ago 15-year-old Ann Lovett was found dying in a grotto just outside the town of Granard, Co Longford, by three schoolboys. She had just g(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “I am very struck by what the Crisis Pregnancy Agency said.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she personally feels the age of consent shouldn’t be lowered from 17 to 16, but said there may be le(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: read transcript from alleged recordings into the record. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Here I am, wearily writing about abortion yet again, for the simple reason so few commentators will attempt to address the egregious spin put on th(...)