Teeth cleaning and glasses repair: more than 330,000 claims have been processed and paid in the three months from November to January, a fourfold increase over a year earlier. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Teeth cleaning and glasses repair have become particularly popular social-welfare benefits since their introduction at the end of October, Minister fo(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, hailed the work of the committee as finding the voice of the middle ground on the abortion issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The publication of the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment marks the end of the second phase of the lengthy process of reformin(...)

Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Three members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have called for a new citizens’ assembly to explore “the m(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, the Oireachtas Eighth Amendment committee’s chairwoman, will not use her vote unless there is a tie among the other members. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Browne (Fianna Fáil) The Wexford TD is in favour of amending article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution to allow for abortion in(...)

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: When in doubt, just forget. Photograph: Tom Honan

At the very outset – and let me be absolutely clear about this – I had no hand, act or part in the erection of last week’s column. I did not commissi(...)

His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

Mary O’Toole SC  said trying to put complex provisions into the Constitution was “just simply impossible” as it was very difficult to get very complex ideas into a couple of sentences.

The repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the constitution would not bring about “abortion on demand in Ireland”, the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth (...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

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