Crisis of conscience:  Lucinda Creighton has thrived in the European portfolio but has had conflict within Fine Gael. Photograph:   Justin Mac Innes/Getty Images

Decisions, decisions. Lucinda Creighton faces a difficult choice next week when the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill returns to the Dáil. She (...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

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 (...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe told the Dáil “everyone’s views on the triple lock will be taken into consideration”. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

A possible ending of the “triple lock” mechanism before Irish Defence Forces participate in overseas missions may form part of a Green Paper on defenc(...)

Fergus O’Dowd’s only companions for a time in the Dáil chamber yesterday were Fianna Fáil’s Sean Ó Fearghaíl and Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

Ah yes, those days of near full employment when the Celtic Tiger roared.It was on the mind of Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd when he sat in for Enda (...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter: “If the UK had fallen to the forces of Nazi Germany, the same fate would almost certainly have been visited on this island with all of the consequences that would have gone with it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to grant a pardon and apology to some 5,000 Defence Forces personnel who deserted to fight with the Allies in the (...)

FF leader Micheál Martin attempted to address a repeatedly expressed concern that “the floodgates would open” by pointing to the protection offered by the Constitutional article 40.3.3, according to a number of those present.

Fianna Fáil remained split on the Government’s draft legislation on abortion yesterd(...)

Labour Party TD Joanna Tuffy said the proposed Opposition Bill to provide maternity leave for TDs and Senators missed the point about the role of a TD in a democracy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has questioned the constitutionality of an Opposition Bill to provide maternity leave for TDs and Senators. (...)