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Minister for Health James Reilly: signed commencement order for Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from January 1st has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The move wa(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, a prominent campaigner on this issue, welcomed the publication of the draft legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill have been widely welcomed within the Labour Party. At the week(...)

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(...)

Brian Walsh TD: has indicated he will break with Fine Gael over abortion

The first Fine Gael Deputy to indicate publicly he will not support the Government’s proposed abortion legislation has said he(...)

The secret recording of two Labour TDs speaking about a strategy to seek the gradual liberalisation of abortion law would have no bearing on th(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking in Belfast where he said the Government had  “made it clear we want to bring certainty for women and their medical practitioners where a woman’s life is at risk”. Photograph: PA

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today. Mr Gilmore added that(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a conversation secretly recorded last June by a pro-life activist was done so without his consent or knowledge. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour Ministers have downplayed the political significance of secretly taped private conversations involving two Labour TDs who (...)

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