Billy Kelleher

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s  decision  to  support a vote to legalise abortion on request in the early months of pregnancy has prompted a huge reaction in the party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amen(...)

Micheál Martin: the Fianna Fáil leader on Thursday pledged to support the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil TDs were left stunned on Thursday evening by an unexpected declaration by party leader Micheál Martin that he would vote for the proposal (...)

A total of 38 TDs have contributed to a Dáil debate on the report of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

A Dáil debate on the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution has run for two days. These extracts are from statement(...)

Simon Harris  said that if it was the “sad reality that we have been exporting this issue, are we now accepting that women must import their own solutions”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. “Ultimatel(...)

Brendan Howlin: It is not good enough . . . that the leader of political parties don’t give leadership. Photograph:  Collins

There have been calls for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to give their views on whether abortion should be allowed witho(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the out-patient waiting list remained ‘a big challenge that needs to be addressed’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There are now more than 500,000 people waiting for an out-patient appointment to see a hospital consultant, new figures show. The National Treatment(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien said they could not simply go to Bargaintown and buy additional beds. Photograph: Emma Jervis/Press 22

The 2,500 extra hospital beds envisaged under the Government’s new plan for tackling overcrowding could cost €1 million per bed to provide, the HSE ha(...)

None of the TDs who spoke to The Irish Times were critical of Micheál Martin himself. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is facing calls from within his own parliamentary party to reshuffle his frontbench of senior spokespeople, or to re(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said on average there are 15,830 delayed discharges every month, or 58 per day. Photograph: iStock

An average of 58 delayed hospital discharges daily is preventing progress being made in ending the trolley crisis in emergency departments, Fianna Fái(...)

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell: “It is the job of the Fine Gael members of the committee to bring our party colleagues with us on that journey, and explain to them why we have come to this position”

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has urged members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to bring their political parties with them in allowi(...)

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