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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it will be January of next year before full effect is given to the will of the people as expressed in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It will be January of next year before full effect is given to the will of the people as expressed in the abortion referendum, the Taoiseach has said.(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Fears have been expressed that spiralling legal costs could lead to the breast cancer screening programme being closed down. File photograph: Getty Images

The BreastCheck cancer screening programme is doing its job and has helped to save the lives of women in the State, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. (...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘It may be the case that more heads may roll in the future but it is important that it is the right heads’. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has effectively ruled out sacking Health Service Executive director general Tony O’Brien over the cervical cancer screening con(...)

Nell McCafferty has said she is a reluctant supporter of abortion. File photograph:  Collins

Veteran women’s rights campaigner and journalist Nell McCafferty is a reluctant supporter of abortion, a conference has heard. Ms McCafferty, a found(...)

Simon Coveney on Denis Naughten: “in my view he did not do anything that constitutes giving inappropriate information to anybody. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he had confidence in Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has expressed confidence in Minister for Communications Denis Naughten during heated Dáil exchanges about Mr Naughten’s controv(...)

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Thomas Byrne said he was concerned that the Bill would result in changes to the ‘characteristic spirit of schools’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will oppose legislation which provides for factual objective sex education without regard to the ethos of a school. The party’s education(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten speaking in the Dáil this afternoon on the INM controversy. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said there was “nothing wrong or inappropriate” for him to tell anyone he would take advice on sending a pr(...)

Paschal Donohoe: “it is appropriate that Ireland conduct a review of this matter within our own jurisdiction, and that is what is happening”

Ministers will be briefed in the coming days on the security review of the Russian embassy currently taking place, before the Cabinet decides on any p(...)

A newspaper supplement about the history of the  Tricolour received ‘absolutely no funding’ from the office of Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Mr Ó Fearghaíl has said. File photograph: Ed Pritchard/Photographer’s Choice/Getty

A newspaper supplement about the history of the Irish Tricolour received “absolutely no funding” from the office of Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, (...)

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