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Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

 Independent TD John Halligan: said 1,500 women in Ireland each year had to deal with a pregnancy where the baby would live for just minutes outside the womb. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is not permissible under the Constitution to include in abortion legislation a provision for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, the Tao(...)

People gather outside the Dáil on Kildare Street t the beginning of the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The posters appeared on lamp-posts overnight in Tallaght earlier this month. They had been recycled from Fine Gael’s campaign during the children’s re(...)

John Halligan: hit out at the church for “harassment” of TDs over abortion legislation and in trenchant criticism said “threatening 
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deputies to induce them to vote in a particular way must surely be illegal”.

The Catholic Church has no right to be the State’s moral compass and is in no position to lecture anyone on human rights given its “blood-stained hist(...)

Independent TD John Halligan: called on the Tánaiste ‘to condemn the Catholic Church for attempting to intervene in the running of this State’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has refused to condemn the Catholic Church over its response to the legislation dealing with abortion.He told Independent TD Jo(...)

 “I think it is a wake-up call, Taoiseach” said Micheál Martin. 
“There is nothing more important in our country than the children of the nation” replied Enda
describing the programme as “a shocking expose”
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How to silence the Dáil’s Shattering class?Inject a shot of reality.The giddiness that goes with the hunt for a ministerial scalp (no matter how optim(...)

John Halligan: Ms Curran remains in a legal limbo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out changing the law to allow for assisted suicide. The issue was raised in the Dáil by Independent TD John Halligan on(...)

Tom Curran (left) and Marie Fleming (front right) at the High Court after losing her case challenging the absolute ban on assisted suicide. Mr Curran was in the Dáil today when the subject was raised.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected calls to bring in new laws allowing assisted suicide.Tom Curran, partner of terminally ill multiple sclerosis suffer(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

ELAINE EDWARDSThe Labour Party and trade union leaders have been accused of selling public service workers “down the river” in recommending the Haddin(...)

John Halligan

It was a beautiful day. The sun – that prized rarity – shone down on Leinster House, lifting the spirits of smiling deputies as they boun(...)

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