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Dr Eamonn Moloney, consultant psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital; Prof Veronica O’Keane, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital and TCD; and Dr Yolande Ferguson, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital, attending Monday’s hearing of the Oireachtas health committee.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The principal outcome of the three days of abortion hearings at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children was that the agenda has moved o(...)

The killing of  Anwar al-Awlaki was the first, and only, publicly known case in which a US citizen was deliberately targeted for killing by drone strike. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S Viano/Reuters

The US government has formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, wh(...)

 Solicitor Caroline Simons arriving at the Oireachtas Health Committee hearings, at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Following the divergences in opinion among obstetricians and psychiatrists over the first two days of the hearings, it was hardly surprising th(...)

Fine Gael Jerry Buttimer, chairman of the Oireachtas health committee, which is today holding its second day of  hearings on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Suicide in pregnancy was a real risk and did happen, president of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr Anthony McCarthy has told the Oire(...)

Chief Justice Mrs Susan Denham has announced that the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal will sit in September this year in an effort to reduce a backlog of cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal will sit in September this year in an effort to ease pressure on the system. Chief Justic(...)

Developing human embryos, nucleated by somatic cell nuclear transfer, pictured in their third day of development. Biologists at Oregon Health & Science University have created human stem cells using cloning techniques. Photograph: Oregon Health & Science University/Reuters

This week brought the news that it is now possible to create tailored embryonic stem cells using cell cloning techniques, bringing the promise (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking aboout the proposed abortion legislation before a recent Cabinet meeting. He has staked his political reputation on getting the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill passed before the summer recess. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The determination of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to keep his troops in line for the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 through b(...)

It was unrealistic to hope the Government’s decision to acknowledge its Constitutional responsibility and give legislative effect to a twenty-o(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, of the National Maternity Hospital, said the life of the foetus must be vindicated where it was practicable. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Masters of two Dublin maternity hospitals have differed on the suicide provisions in the abortion legislation at an Oireachtas hearing. (...)

A new framework providing Oireachtas members powers to carry out inquiries into a host of issues of public concern has been announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A new framework providing Oireachtas members powers to carry out inquiries into a host of issues of public concern has been announced by Minist(...)

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