Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State at the department Patrick O’Donovan have ‘different’ views on abortion. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he agrees with the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which recommended that aborti(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin’s deputy leader is the only person so far to have confirmed an interest in succeeding Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sinn Féin has fixed a date for its special ardfheis to replace Gerry Adams as leader, with Mary Lou McDonald expected to take over in early February. (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Moves to liberalise Ireland’s abortion legislation must be accompanied by greater supports for families of children with disabilities, the Minister of(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene 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(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, chaired by Senator Catherine Noone, has formally recommended that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should be removed to allow for abortion up to 12 weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The decisive recommendation of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has brought clarity to the kind of proposition the people will be aske(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell  said the committee had given a very clear direction to Government. File photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations. The comm(...)

Ministers will be free to vote against holding an abortion referendum when the issue is considered in the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ministers will be free to vote against holding an abortion referendum when the issue is considered in the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Alth(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in his  Leinster House office. “I come from a background which in many respects has always been pro-life but I have never been absolutist or judgemental.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheál Martin asks that you do not read between the lines of what he is saying to divine meaning, but at times you are left with no other option. As(...)

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