Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Eamon Ó Cuív said the suicide provision would allow for the first time in Irish law the intentional killing of the unborn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs indicated they opposed the Bill. Eamon Ó Cuív (Galway West) said the suicide provision would allow for the first time in (...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will appear before the Oireachtas committee this evening to discuss concerns over standards in creches. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to read inspection reports for creches online by July 1st and from September childcare providers will have to register before set(...)

Ireland’s funding on preschool care is less than 0.2 per cent of GDP, compared to 1.1 per cent in the UK and 1.4 per cent in Denmark. Photograph: Getty Images

  Profit-driven creches will come under scrutiny in a national review which is to be carried out by the head of the new Child and Famil(...)

Micheál Martin: “I don’t see my role as forcing a line down people’s throats and I don’t look at it in that light. It is an issue of conscience.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Only half of Fianna Fáil TDs are likely to vote with their leader Micheál Martin in support of the Government’s abortion legislation after his failure(...)

Jerry Buttimer TD speaks to perinatal psychiatrists Dr Anthony McCarthy and Dr Joanne Fenton outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doctors differ and patients fly. This was the one indisputable fact from day two of the second round of Oireachtas hearings into the pro(...)