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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 (...)

Mr Harris said he was determined “to rectify deficits in trauma care.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There is nothing anyone has to fear from the proposed new plan to centralise trauma care services, the Minster for Health Simon Harris has said. Spea(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney raised the prospect of altering the 12-week proposal, describing it as a “starting point”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has indicated he will seek to change the Government’s proposition to allow for unrestricted abortions up to 12 weeks. Mr Coven(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris: Mr Harris says studies show severely injured patients are 15-25 per cent less likely to die if admitted to a major trauma centre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Health Simon Harris is facing objections within Cabinet over plans to rationalise the provision of trauma care services in hospitals acro(...)

At least two Government Ministers are unhappy with Department of Health plans to streamline trauma care services. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two Government ministers have objected to proposals for a revamp of trauma centres, which include plans to treat severely injured patients at three ce(...)

 Minister of State  for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Sources insist she had no difficulty with the 12 weeks but questioned whether 10 weeks may be easier for others to accept. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Government Minister has suggested that legislation allowing for abortion up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, rather than the 12 weeks recommended by an Oir(...)

The 2016 census found that 399,815 people in Ireland lived alone. Image: iStock.

A move by British prime minister Theresa May to appoint a dedicated minister for loneliness has been described by a Fianna Fáil Senator as an “absolut(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes Leaders’ Questions as the Dáil returns after its Christmas break

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin clashed over responsibility for the number of people waiting on trolleys in emergency dep(...)

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who will answer parliamentary questions for the first time on Tuesday following his appointment seven months ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Ring will take his first question time as Minister for Rural and Community Development this afternoon when the Dáil returns after the Christma(...)

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