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The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Lucinda Creighton’s speech on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill “was very interesting, not least for the number of red herrings she introduced during the course of it”.

A woman and her husband sit in the departure lounge at Dublin Airport, waiting to catch their flight to Liverpool. He holds her hand and wishes he (...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

 Fine Gael TD  Brian Walsh: sharply criticised Coalition partner Labour as he warned the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill would herald a fundamental shift in the culture of care in Irish hospitals.

Sharp divisions have emerged between Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers during the Dáil debate on the controversial abortion legislation.Fine Gael TD B(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: no free vote will be offered.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An attempt to allow Fine Gael TDs and Senators a free vote on the abortion Bill failed to get off the ground last night when it came before the parl(...)

Peter Matthews: Fine Gael  reneging on a commitment it gave last October to respect the right of conscientious objection

Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews has claimed his party is reneging on a commitment it gave last October to respect the right of conscientious objection.Mr M(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a media briefing at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its suppor(...)

A file image of Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin. His  party has welcomed the publication of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill in language that suggests it might support the  legislation.  Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil has hinted that its leadership may take a different stance to its membership on the proposed legislation to make abortion permissib(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton at a press event in Dublin today. Up to 30 members of FG are understood to have misgivings about the suicide clause in the proposed abortion Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its support of abortion legislatio(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD arriving at Government Buildings for a cabinet meeting to discuss the abortion legislation this morning. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government last night agreed the wording for proposed abortion legislation to give effect to the X-Case ruling following a marathon meeting(...)

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