Tánaiste Simon Coveney and leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin as they both canvassed in Cork city on Monday morning. Photograph: Diane Cusack

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has rejected suggestions that the Government is complacent about the outcome of Friday’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment an(...)

This abortion referendum is not going to bring in abortion for cases of rape and incest or babies with life-limiting conditions. It is going to bring in abortion for women who need the compassion that honours our primal need to protect our children, not the grim provision of tablets to end a child’s life. Photograph: Alan Betson

Voting yes in the upcoming referendum is not a vote for compassion. It is a vote for despair about the prospect of creating a world where there is alw(...)

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(...)

Author and feminist Nell McCafferty at the Strike Repeal March on O'Connell Bridge on March 8th, 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We need to have a conversation about conception, pregnancy and motherhood. After that, we need to talk about abortion. The way I talked about both c(...)

Kerry babies case: Joanne Hayes, whom 43 “important men” methodically flayed on the tribunal stand

Fallen women. Bold girls. Silly, stupid girls. Poor, unfortunate girls. They were part of the fabric of life in the Ireland of the 1980s. The unmista(...)

Countess Constance markievicz as a captain in the rish Citizen Army.

One of the most significant developments of the last century, the centenary of which will be commemorated next year, was the Representation of the Peo(...)

Tim Redfern (48), who carried a “free, safe legal” poster, described the Eighth Amendment as a “weeping sore”. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Abortion is a black and white issue. Those Repeal jumpers, designed in anger last year by campaigner Anna Cosgrave, have become a ubiquitous fashion a(...)

US feminist Kate Millett in 1973 at a poetry conference in London. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The day Kate Millett died , I was writing up some ideas for feature articles - “Revisit The Loony-Bin Trip,” was one of them. On Thursday morning, I s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the U2 performance of The Joshua Tree in Croke Park Dublin. Photographs: Eric Luke

Fans from across the globe flocked to see U2 perform at Croke Park as part of the band’s The Joshua Tree tour with a host of famous faces in the crowd(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

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