Ivana Bacik

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The Seanad chamber. “The Government decision this week to allow the Seanad Reform Bill 2013 to pass to committee stage without a vote arose for reasons of realpolitik rather than from any commitment to reform.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Events and debates this week in the Seanad and within the Fine Gael parliamentary party illustrate the complexity involved in parliamentary ref(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, a prominent campaigner on this issue, welcomed the publication of the draft legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill have been widely welcomed within the Labour Party. At the week(...)

A file image of Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin. His  party has welcomed the publication of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill in language that suggests it might support the  legislation.  Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil has hinted that its leadership may take a different stance to its membership on the proposed legislation to make abortion permissib(...)

When does threat to life of mother arise? Evidence from Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital at Galway County Hall for the Savita Halappanavar inquest, will be crucial to framing new legislation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The evidence of Dr Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles Street maternity hospital, to the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar in(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, who prepared the report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, said it contained “concrete, credible recommendations”, many of which were cost-neutral. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

Prison sentences of less than six months for non-violent offences should be replaced with community service orders, a new report has recommende(...)

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