Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin during the last television debate on RTÉ’s Prime Time before the election. Photograph: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire

The political landscape as Ireland approached this year’s general election was almost unrecognisable from the stolid certainties that have characteris(...)

Nicola Sturgeon with her fans: the politicians swarmed around their guest trying to position their phones while simultaneously elbowing colleagues out of the way. Photograph: Maxwells

There was a very touching end to Nicola Sturgeon’s morale-boosting Seanad visit. Starstruck Senators fell over each other as they battled to take se(...)

 Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call for a commission of inquiry into forced adoptions has been strongly supported by the Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors (CMABS). The(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told in letter there was “undeniable evidence of cases of forced adoption within the mother-and-baby homes”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been warned that unless he establishes a commission of inquiry into forced adoptions by the end of this month, the matter wi(...)

People take part in a candlelit vigil in memory of the residents of  the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.  Photograph: Ray Ryan

When PJ Haverty joined a candle-lit walk into Tuam, Co Galway on Wednesday night, he could only think of the distressed steps taken on the very same r(...)

Survivors of Symphysiotomy chairwoman Marie O’Connor (far right) with members and supporters of  the group: The State recently claimed to the UN Women’s Committee   that in many cases consent was obtained before the pelvis-breaking procedure was performed.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Committee found that the practice of symphysiotomy constituted torture and involuntary medical experimentation. Ireland (...)

More than 5,600 women in Ireland tried to buy abortion pills online over a five-year period from one Dutch-based supplier alone

Last week, in the Central Criminal Court, a 66-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had inflicted a “catalogue of horror” on his son, (...)

A demonstration in February 1992 outside Government Buildings against the High Court injunction forbidding a 14-year-old rape victim from obtaining an abortion in Britain. The banner includes a telephone number which was deleted by The Irish Times, in compliance with the High Court ruling of December 1986, which found that the provision of assistance, including information, to a pregnant woman seeking an abortion was in breach of Article 40 of the Constitution. Photograph: Eric Luke

1983 Referendum leads to constitutional amendment recognising the right to life of the unborn child. 1986 High Court rules that the availability to w(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Private patients in public hospitals pay – or their insurers do – rates ranging from €813 for a bed in a ward to €1,000 for a private room.

Premiums for private health insurance policyholders are being driven up by the public hospital charge, according to health insurance expert totalheal(...)