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Justice swamp: former minister Frances Fitzgerald with former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The political landscape is a wondrous thing. We’d be lost without it. The political landscape is imaginary, yet it is mapped and remapped, forever exp(...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin found itself in an uncomfortable situation this week, as it was outmanoeuvred by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on the issue of abortion. The tw(...)

Repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution was proposed by Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan and passed overwhelmingly with the support of 13 other members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment spent over three hours voting on individual recommendations for their final report. The first propos(...)

Senator Catherine Noone (Fine Gael) chairwoman of the Oireachtas  Committee on the Eighth Amendment speaks to committee officials during its meeting on Wednesday.

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has agreed to recommend a series of changes to abortion laws, including access to terminations withou(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, the Oireachtas Eighth Amendment committee’s chairwoman, will not use her vote unless there is a tie among the other members. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Browne (Fianna Fáil) The Wexford TD is in favour of amending article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution to allow for abortion in(...)

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton: “You cannot turn off the internet nor expect the gardaí to be waiting at our airports for women carrying abortion pills.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A majority of members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have confirmed they will support abortions being made available without rest(...)

Repeal  activists outside the Dáil on a recent day  the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was sitting.

Three Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have called for it to support making abortion available up to 12 weeks w(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher: he says terminations should be provided in certain circumstances, such as fatal foetal abnormalities, incest, rape and when there is a risk to a woman’s health. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is nearing its final conclusions – but a consensus is far from clear. The(...)

Clare Daly: she said “over 80 per cent of abortions are by pills”

The availability of free contraception in Ireland was “doable”, the chairwoman of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment said on Thursday af(...)

You would think – or hope – that our political leaders, the public representatives who make many of the decisions affecting our lives, would have at l(...)

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