This  mock “killer robot”  in central London during the launch of a campaign calling  for the ban of lethal robot weapons attracted plenty of attention. But does such an image do the cause much good? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you take killer robots seriously? If not, maybe you should. That’s the argument put forth this week by over 2,000 technology, science and artificia(...)

Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International. Mr Shetty has defended the organisation’s call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 2:37

The head of Amnesty International has defended its call for a more liberal abortion regime in the Republic, saying the organisation has “no politic(...)

Gaye Edwards from Co Wicklow with  Dr Rhona Mahony, Master National Maternity Hospital, at the launch of the Amnesty International Ireland Report in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clinical decisions on whether or not a pregnant woman’s life is in danger and can only be saved with an abortion are difficult and “framed in a crimin(...)

Science-fiction film Ex Machina which offers a clever version of the robots versus humans narrative

Are technology companies running too fast into the future and creating things that could potentially wreak havoc on humankind? That question has been (...)

The question of whether or not the unborn child of a mother on life support should be kept alive has drawn reaction from both sides of the abortion debate. File photograph: Thinkstock

The question of whether or not the unborn child of a mother on life support should be kept alive has drawn reaction from both sides of the abortion la(...)

The Life Institute has criticised the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll question on whether a referendum should be held on the issue of abortion, cla(...)

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Bernadette Smyth of the Precious Life group in Northern Ireland (...)

The impact of the great national abortion debate last year on the coffers of the Life Institute is revealed in its latest set of financial stat(...)

People gather outside the Dáil on Kildare Street t the beginning of the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The posters appeared on lamp-posts overnight in Tallaght earlier this month. They had been recycled from Fine Gael’s campaign during the children’s re(...)

Groups on both side of the abortion debate have expressed their concerns over the Heads of the Bill for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Groups on both side of the abortion debate have expressed their concerns over the Heads of the Bill for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy(...)