Anne Rabbitte

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Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth said it was “quite insulting being asked for a sick cert, not acknowledging a basic human right of having a baby”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pregnant members of the Oireachtas have to provide a “sick cert” to get time off to have their baby, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth s(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris is assessing if services provided under the Maternity and Infant Scheme can be expanded to women who may require an abortion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is considering covering the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy. Minister for Health Simon Harris is asses(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Ballot boxes are emptied as vote counting takes place after the Irish abortion referendum, at the RDS Conference centre in Dublin on May 26th, 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. On Friday night the result became clear when an exit poll carried ou(...)

Campaigners gather in the main square at Dublin Castle as they wait for the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans abortion, by an overwhelming majority. The Yes side won the referendu(...)

Retainers know, as do repealers, that if the public mind is focused on allowing for abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, the proposition will be carried.

Although Keith Redmond is never shy about sharing his opinion, the phone call asking him to record a campaign video outlining his concerns about the G(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar canvassing for a Yes vote in Tullamore, Co Offaly, with Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected suggestions from No campaigners that new laws to allow for abortion in “hard cases” of rape and fatal foetal abnor(...)

“I am a No voter, but I am also a realist and we cannot abandon women in these circumstances,” Anne Rabbitte said. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fianna Fáil TD opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment has criticised the No side for failing to acknowledge terminations should be allowed in e(...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, participated in a photocall in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday afternoon urging voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

More than half the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has united to call for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Thirty-one(...)

Prof Patricia Casey speaking at the launch of  myadoptionstory.ie website, a  resource for women with crisis pregnancies who are considering their options, with website founder Dr Fidelma Healy-Eames and Minister of State John Paul Phelan. Photograph: Dave Meehan /The Irish Times

Women in crisis pregnancies have been urged to think of adoption by a new group and website dedicated to publicising the option. “It’s not a solution(...)

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