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Eamon Gilmore: “We will take our case to the people.” Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

Two weeks ago Eamon Gilmore was unable to vote in the Dáil on the final stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill because he was on a trip(...)

Attorney General Maire Whelan: will be heavily involved in presenting the legislation and responding to queries

Last Thursday morning, heavy stationery boxes from Áras an Uachtaráin were hand-delivered to about 25 addresses around Ireland. Each box contained a(...)

President Higgins: seven individuals on the council are chosen by the President

Final preparations were under way at Áras an Uachtaráin last night for the first meeting of the Council of State since President Michael D Higgins (...)

The President’s discretion

The decision by President Michael D Higgins to convene the Council of State on Monday for consultations on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bil(...)

Eamon Gilmore: to attend Council of State meeting on proposed abortion legislation on Monday

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, who is agnostic, sought and received legal advice on swearing a religious oath when he attends the Council of State meeting on(...)

Abortion legislation is, just about, on the statute books. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has completed its tumultuous passage through t(...)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Susan Denham. Photograph:  Pat Langan

The proposal to establish a court of appeal is a response to a chronic bottleneck at the apex of the courts system. At its root is a simple problem(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is to hold a meeting of the Council of State at Áras an Uachtaráin next Monday over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has announced he will convene a meeting of the Council of State to seek its advice on whether or not he should refer th(...)

President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin with members of the Council of State (from left) Prof Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh, Ruairí McKiernan Prof Gerard Quinn, Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness Prof Deirdre Heenan, Sally Mulready and Michael Farrell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill cleared another hurdle with its passage through the Seanad last night, but there could yet be a few turns(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. Senators will today being debating the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Even though the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is assured, there is still at least a week of debate in Seanad Eireann on the (...)

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