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Senator Rónán Mullen and  Mattie McGrath TD both voted against the recommendation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has made its first significant decision. At a late-night meeting, the committee agreed to acc(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has tonight voted not to retain Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (another term for the amendment) i(...)

 Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A group of Fianna Fáil TDs, including members of Micheál Martin’s front bench, have said the party should be open to coalition with Sinn Féin. Their(...)

There are currently 2,419 children and young people with mental health disorders on the waiting list for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Many of the 2,400-plus children on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting list should not be on the list at all, however it h(...)

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with his constituency colleague and Fine Gael leadership contestant Simon Coveney in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

Over the next year, politics will witness a generational change, not only in Fine Gael but also in Sinn Féin where Gerry Adams will finally stand down(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said Tusla has a limited role where there is no evidence of a current risk of sexual abuse to children. She  said experienced social workers were dealing with high-priority cases. File photograph: iStockPhoto

More than 350 adults who were allegedly sexually abused as children have this year made retrospective disclosures to Child and Family Agency Tusla. (...)

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