Fidelma Healy-Eames was one of two Fine Gael senators to defy the party whip on the legislation

The Government had an overwhelming majority of 41 to 15 in the first Seanad vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.Two Fine Gael senator(...)

Norris says loyalist behaviour ‘stupid’ and ‘Neanderthal’

A call has been made for the Church of Ireland to disassociate itself from the Orange Order in the wake of loyalist rioting in North Belfast.Independe(...)

“I do not see us coming back to this issue in the lifetime of this Government,” Mr Rabbitte said

A senior Labour figure in Government has categorically ruled out the issue of abortion being revisited by the Coalition during its term of office. Mi(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton says she is not optimistic  legislation will be amended in a way that would make it acceptable to her.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Health James Reilly have spearheaded an unprecedented charm offensive over the past week in a concerted campaig(...)

Smoke rises  near Aleppo.Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

An end to the Syrian arms embargo is “the only way” to ultimately stop the bloodshed, Walid Saffour, ambassador to the UK o(...)

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