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the Government is expected to agree to insert a new provision in the Constitution enabling the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion, if the amendment is repealed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eight of the 58 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party attended a meeting last night organised to oppose the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to(...)

Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It would be difficult for the Government to do anything about a controversial drug rehabilitation treatment centre if people go there “of their own fr(...)

The Taoiseach said “it has always been the case that a person needs to raise a deposit to buy a house. People do it in many different ways.” Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he got financial help from his parents when buying a home, and that this form of help in raising funds remained an opt(...)

Joanne Hayes: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Attorney General Séamus Woulfe are looking at options including compensation. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is to consult further with the family of Joanne Hayes before deciding the Government’s approach to the Kerry bab(...)

Late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen and daughters, Molly and Dakota follow behind as her coffin  is carried at her  funeral  at the Church of St Ailbe, Ballybricken, Limerick. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

In the week since her death, the people of Limerick got plenty of time to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Dolores O’Riordan, their interna(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has not yet publicly revealed his own view on the referendum and proposals to repeal the Eighth Amendment on abortion, which guarantees the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has said he absolutely trusts the Irish people to make the right decision in the referendum on Eighth amendment “based on compassion, ba(...)

Better management, proper clinical leadership, real accountability and proper responsibility were required from those charged with  managing the health services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned the Health Service Executive it cannot continue to seek extra Government funding without reforms. He told the Dáil(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will ask the Cabinet to consider a number of options including how it can distance the State from the 1985 report of the tribunal into the Kerry babies case. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government will today consider the possibility of offering compensation to Joanne Hayes, the woman at the centre of the Kerry babies controversy. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to seek Cabinet approval to open 2,500 additional beds in the health service between now and 2031. Mr Harris will(...)

The WEF gathering of political and corporate leaders, alongside a smattering of celebrities, at Davos  has itself been criticised for perceived elitism. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Ireland is the world’s eighth-most “inclusive” advanced economy, based on a measure from the World Economic Forum (WEF), which goes beyond economic gr(...)

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