Mount Lucas wind farm in Co Offaly. The new National Energy and Climate Plan is due to be submitted to the EU by the end of the year and implemented in 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Oireachtas committee on climate change is to play a central role in the drafting of a new National Energy and Climate Plan which is due to be su(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wave at crowds in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The warmth of the reception for Minister for Health Simon Harris at Dublin Castle on Saturday was testament to how much credit the public give him for(...)

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(...)

‘The No side argues that politicians cannot be trusted on abortion, but that amounts to saying that we cannot trust ourselves. And that’s not good enough.’ Photograph: Artur Widak/AFP/Getty Images

‘What an appalling prospect for the future generation,” this column remarked in late August 1983, when it was becoming clear that the Irish people wer(...)

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has challenged former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg who said he “cannot in con(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Senator Ned O’Sullivan,  Senator Catherine Noone,  Jonathan O’Brien and Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Maxwell

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have said the Government’s proposed legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks without (...)

“The concept of termination was so vigorously promoted that a ‘group-think’ has come to the fore,” said the Bishop of Cloyne Dr William Crean. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire.

People should not focus solely on individual stories, no matter how sad and tragic they may be, when voting in the forthcoming referendum to repeal th(...)

“What we are proposing to do here is still protect unborn children but we are deciding to rebalance the discussion around prioritising the health and lives of women.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment need to focus on undecided voters and convince them the status quo needs to be changed, Tánaiste Si(...)

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