Minister for Health Simon Harris: should consider whether the Irish people voted for a culture where three days to think about an abortion is considered demeaning, but a fortnight to change your mind about a toaster is a good thing.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Before the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission told people they were not voting on any particular form of legislation. Ever(...)

Women’s Podcast: Katha Pollitt, Fiona de Londras, Kathy Sheridan and Rhona Mahony reflect on the referendum campaign

“The Eighth was a pre-emptive strike against women’s liberation in this country.” On Referendum Eve, legal expert Professor Fiona de Londras reflects(...)

The gathering heard that abortion would not be allowed “in any circumstances” once the foetus reaches viability.

The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a l(...)

Mary O’Toole SC  said trying to put complex provisions into the Constitution was “just simply impossible” as it was very difficult to get very complex ideas into a couple of sentences.

The repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the constitution would not bring about “abortion on demand in Ireland”, the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth (...)

Under the judicial council system proposed for Ireland, every inquiry would be held in private, bar in exceptional circumstances. Photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposal to set up a judicial council comes following pressure from the Council of Europe, which has long called for an independent body with a co(...)

Campaigners for the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment demonstrate outside Government Buildings last year. ‘Since 1983, the Constitution has insulated politicians from having to make hard legislative decisions about abortion.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Citizens Assembly took TDs by surprise last weekend. In truth, it took many of us by surprise. Although it had been clear for some time that most (...)

Legislation approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and due to be published in the autumn is expected to cover services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, as well as email service. Photograph: iStockphoto

Proposals to extend Garda powers to allow them intercept social media accounts, text messages and other private messages sent by criminal suspects are(...)

Campaigners for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The UN has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, th(...)

‘Then there’s our own Belfast Agreement, into which the Human Rights Act is woven. The latter’s repudiation would breach international treaty obligations, specifically in relation to the British-Irish Agreement that underpins the agreement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is a surprising, albeit deliberate, common feature of the Tories’ plans for UK disengagement from both the EU and the European Court of Human Right(...)

Returned emigrant Tom Lawlor: ‘I’ve never felt any homophobia. I’ve never felt that my relationships have been judged differently from those of my peers.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily, and a majority is ready to vote Yes in next year’s constitutional referendum. Seventy-one per cen(...)

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