FACING-OFF: Anti-abortion demonstrators walk past pro-choice activists during the Rally for Life in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Cabinet’s decision last night to propose a referendum to liberalise the State’s abortion regime is an important milestone in Irish society’s long,(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran: has urged people to contact their politicians and “make clear to them that you want them to defend the right to life of the unborn”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Proposals by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment would pave the way for euthanasia in Ireland, Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has (...)

A final recommendation will be made by the end of this month or early February on whether a new provision is needed in the Constitution to enable the (...)

People at a rally organised by the Strike4Repeal group watch a projection of Dáil proceedings on the side of Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government fears a straight repeal of the Eighth Amendment could lead to legal challenges and is likely to propose the insertion of a new provisio(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said he did not agree with his party’s stance on the Eighth Amendment.   File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has defended opposition to repealing the Eighth Amendment, which is at odds with his party’s view. At its recent ard fhei(...)

Brendan Howlin: It is not good enough . . . that the leader of political parties don’t give leadership. Photograph:  Collins

There have been calls for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to give their views on whether abortion should be allowed witho(...)

Micheál Martin: “I will be making a comprehensive statement in due course.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he will reveal his views soon on the recommendations for abortion up to 12 weeks when he finishes reading the v(...)

Almost half of all TDs (46%) are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, while 15% said they are opposed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oireachtas members look set to back the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and a likely Dáil vote is on course to pass with a large majority, according to(...)

Almost half of all TDs said they were in favour of repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

For many months, Irish Times/Ipsos polls have shown an overwhelming majority of the public are in favour of at least some liberalisation of Ireland’s(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: a spokesman said he will not make any comment on his own views before the Cabinet and Fine Gael parliamentary party discussed the issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely(...)

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