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Ireland has a 19th-century-schools system which is radically out of step with the needs of a 21st-century society. Some 95 per cent of State-funded pr(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the Citizens’ Assembly should be reconvened to examine the link between church and State in education. Photograph: Frank Miller

Labour says the Citizens’ Assembly should be brought back to life to debate whether the decades-old link between the Church and State in running 90 pe(...)

 Supporters gather at Dublin Castle to await the final results of the referendum to repeal the Eighth  amendment. Photograph:   Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The handover period is over. The fiction of Ireland as a conservative, dogmatically Catholic country has been shattered. The past is left back there, (...)

Floral tributes are laid  at a mural to Savita Halappanavar on  Camden Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

So Ireland voted overwhelmingly No. No to the tribalism that would divide it into mutually exclusive clans of male and female, rural and urban, young(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has passed a referendum on an issue that many other leaders have ran away from. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is set to be passed by a margin even greater than the most enthusiastic advocates fo(...)

Abortion legislation: head 7 would legalise most terminations, making it most contentious for anti-repeal campaigners

If the proposal to change the Constitution in Friday’s referendum is defeated, no further legislative change will be possible. The existing situation(...)

In publicly announcing his position last January, Leo Varadkar said he had to think “long and hard” about supporting the committee’s proposals.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he came to his own conclusion on how Ireland’s abortion laws should be reformed in advance of the Oireachtas committee(...)

More than 25 consultant psychiatrists outlined their concerns over a potential law that would, they believe, misuse the concept of “healthcare”. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of psychiatrists has said proposed abortion legislation in Ireland should not be used to facilitate terminations on “spurious” mental health g(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said it is time to challenge the falsehoods used by the No side in the referendum campaign. Mr Harris strongly c(...)

Ireland is one of the few countries without a permanent electoral commission to standardise voting registration rules. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The late voter registration system is archaic and confusing and needs to be reformed before the next election, youth groups have said. The closing d(...)

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