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 ‘It is equally important to hear the experience of people conceived through reproductive technology who are now adults, who believe passionately that no government anywhere in the world provides sufficient safeguards, and that therefore there is currently no such thing as ethical surrogacy. ’ Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Once, on a radio programme, I did so badly on an important issue that I could not even come into my home after it. Instead, I walked mechanically four(...)

Independent Senator Sharon Keogan told the witnesses: ‘I don’t believe it is everyone’s right to have a child’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy was suspended twice after a Senator was accused of being “disrespectful” towards witn(...)

Minister for Children and Equality Roderic O’Gorman appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is a “genuine risk” that a referendum on removing a reference to women’s place being in the home from the Constitution could be lost if it is no(...)

Ahead of world happiness day, we asked a range of people to share their happiest memories. Photograph: iStock

From long walks on the beach to waking up on match day, here are some people’s happiest memories Sharing happy memories may seem glib in a (...)

The proposed new gambling regulator should oversee the National Lottery along with betting businesses, politicians have been told. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Republic’s new gambling regulator should oversee the National Lottery along with betting businesses, politicians heard on Tuesday. Graham Ross, I(...)

Refugees receive food after arriving at the West Train Station from Zahony after border crossing at Zahony-Csap as they flee Ukraine. Photograph:  Janos Kummer/Getty

As the State prepares to provide refuge for thousands of Ukrainians fleeing war, Government departments are ramping up preparations to ensure that acc(...)

President Michael D Higgins has previously expressed concern at a flurry of last-minute Bills. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the downsides of our annual festive splurge is the prospect of all those bills coming through the letterbox after Christmas. It’s the other wa(...)

The Taiwanese flag. There is definitely one way of standing up to China that will make Beijing take notice – we can seek closer relations with Taiwan.  Photograph: Getty Images

It’s easy to sneer at the Seanad. Most people don’t have a vote in its elections. Large parts of it are pretty much a rotten borough. It has been a co(...)

As Shelbourne FC’s public affairs and inclusion officer, former minister Finian McGrath will seek to liaise with government and local authorities on the club’s behalf with the goal of making it the most inclusive club in Ireland

Timing is everything. An email arrives on Friday afternoon from the office of Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, head(...)

Presenter Cormac Ó hEadhra hears one hostile verdict after another on mother and baby homes redress scheme. Photograph: RTÉ

As the Government announces new measures on Tuesday, the reaction on the airwaves is that the proposals don’t go far enough to improve the situation. (...)

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