Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

 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(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances. File photographs: The Irish Times

Members of the Oireachtas committee on abortion will be not allowed to rotate their positions with other party members. The names of the members of t(...)

Water charges: The levy has proved to be among the most divisive of political issues. Photograph: The Irish Times

A deal on the future of water charges may be close as Fine Gael has agreed to examine existing legislation to penalise householders who waste water. (...)