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The frontbench reshuffle announced by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin looks like a move to prepare the party for the general election which could happen any time from the autumn onwards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The frontbench reshuffle announced by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin looks like a move to prepare the party for the general election, which could h(...)

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has been calling in his party TDs since early Thursday morning updating them on the changes.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has appointed Dara Calleary to the position of deputy leader in frontbench changes revealed on Thursday. Mr Martin(...)

Danny Healy-Rae asked: “What about the lovely, big families that were reared around my neck of the woods?” Photograph: Alan Betson

A number of elements become clear as one watches, or reads the Dáil debates on the abortion referendum Bill. Firstly, everybody says that they want a (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers says she takes issue with the position taken by Mr Coveney on unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil TD has criticised the position of Tánaiste Simon Coveney on proposals to allow for wider access to abortion in Ireland. The Fine Gael (...)

Kris Shekleton: ‘I am extremely disappointed and angered.’

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin made a surprise announcement on Thursday that he would vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and to allow aborti(...)

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(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell  said the committee had given a very clear direction to Government. File photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations. The comm(...)

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(...)

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