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Protesters outside Leinster House  as TD’s debated the abortion bill into the night. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has described the handling of last night’s abortion debate, which ran until 5am , as a “shambles”.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said(...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: says there is a “sense of drift” in the health service, with staff demoralised, at the “end of their tether” and afraid to speak out

More than one million people who have neither medical cards nor private health insurance will be forced to pay large premiums under the Government’s p(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he is ’fundamentally comfortable’ with the fact that most of the members of his party will vote tonight against the Government’s abortion legislation, even though he supports it. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he is “fundamentally comfortable” with the fact that most of the members of his party will vote tonight aga(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: strong regulation of defined pension schemes was essential to protect scheme members and the taxpayer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has been accused of “fiddling” while pensions burn fast, in a Dáil row over the crisis in defined benefit schemes.Fianna Fáil leader Mi(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath: introduced a Private Member’s motion relating to homes in mortgage arrears.  Photograph: Alan Betson

No targets were being set for repossession of homes in mortgage arrears, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil. “That has to be the last resort and the c(...)

 Gerry Adams: tried to get an answer from Enda Kenny on the banks, but he didn’t get very far. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil dozed fitfully yesterday, flaked out on democracy’s doorstep like a dog in the afternoon sun. Think the usual Tuesday torpor, only dulled dow(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: said Fianna Fáil was fighting a battle for survival and that was their only concern in raising issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has again insisted he had no involvement in the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, the Catholic mother-of-10 whose body was(...)

 Dessie O’Malley was widely lauded for standing up to Charlie Haughey on a matter of principle. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The threat of de-selection as candidates at the next election that was directed at Fine Gael’s rebel TDs this week amounts to a significant tightening(...)

More than two-thirds of the Fianna Fáil party in the Oireachtas have voted against the position of their leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

The hard line taken by Enda Kenny to enforce discipline in Fine Gael on the abortion legislation manifests a ruthless streak that lurks behind his aff(...)

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