Amanda Mellet

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 Jenny McDonald, Ruth Bowie , Amanda Mellet Arlette Lyons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It is four years since four young women agreed to have their pictures taken for The Irish Times and in doing so, crossed a peculiarly Irish Rubicon. (...)

Enda Kenny disregards opinion polls because the people answering them don’t yet see “just how profound the decision is”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been an eventful month in the fantastical world of Irish abortion politics. Most notably, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Ireland in breach(...)

Mick Wallace: the TD is understood to have consulted a number of legal advisers, including a former attorney general. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace: has proposed a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned any immediate attempt to reverse the constitutional ban on abortion would be defeated. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Government is shortly to begin the process which may lead to a change in Ireland’s abortion laws, although Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned any imm(...)

Enda Kenny: “If there is a consensus and people have a vote, they will have the right to vote according to their conscience.”  Photograph: Press Association

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will bring a memo to Cabinet next week setting up a citizens’ assembly on abortion. He told the Dáil he had briefed his Minister(...)

 Amnesty International and other campaign partners demanding repeal of the 8th Amendment outside the Dáil last April. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to bring a memo to Cabinet next week setting up a citizens’ assembly on abortion. He told the Dáil on Tuesday he had briefed (...)

When Ireland in 1990 signed up to the optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, we agreed to give the UN’s Human(...)

Amanda Mellet was one of four Irish women who developed pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities who came forward just over four years ago to tell their stories. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amanda Mellet said it was her “sincere hope” that the findings of the UN Human Rights Committee in her case may assist the Government in “finding the (...)

Amanda Mellet, who took the case, was in her 21st week of pregnancy in November 2011 when she learned her foetus had congenital heart defects and would die in the uterus or shortly after birth. Photograph: iStock

International pressure on Ireland’s abortion laws has been ratcheted up another notch with this latest opinion from the Human Rights Committee of the (...)

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