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GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Declan Flynn, whose killers left him bleeding so severely that he died of asphyxia, essentially choking on his own blood.

Declan Flynn loved music, particularly Elvis Presley. The former Aer Rianta worker had a special bond with his Down syndrome brother Greg and loved br(...)

“It is women and girls who largely bear the burden of inadequate sexuality education,” according to the Irish Family Planning Association. Photograph: Getty Images

Weaknesses in the quality of sex education provided to pupils in the State’s schools are seen “first hand every day” in pregnancy counselling centres,(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said that provision for conscientious objectors would be provided for in the final legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Moves to draw up clinical guidelines for the introduction of abortion services will begin on Tuesday through a consultation process with GP bodies and(...)

Campaigners gather in the main square at Dublin Castle as they wait for the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans abortion, by an overwhelming majority. The Yes side won the referendu(...)

 DCU students brought sleeping bags to protest. They said: “If we can’t afford to stay in Shanowen, we will sleep out here instead.” Photograph: Mark Carroll

DCU students held a protest over rent increases of over 20 per cent in privately-owned student accommodation in the Glasnevin area on Thursday. The p(...)

More than 2,500 mail-order abortifacients were seized by the Health Products Regulatory Authority between 2014 and 2016.

Current abortion regime in Ireland Abortion is currently illegal in Ireland except in situations where a pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the (...)

A new safety app is being made available to students and staff at Dublin City University. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City University is to provide around-the-clock emergency supports to staff and students through a new safety app, which links users with the co(...)

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has heard how “disingenuous” agencies are spending vast amounts of money to outbid the State-funded organisations.  Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

The HSE has said it is in a “constant battle” to counter information from rogue pregnancy agencies targeting women in crisis pregnancies. The Oireach(...)

As a third-level student you will have time to explore many areas of interest. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Starting college for the first time might seem like a challenge. Even some of the smaller colleges will have thousands more students than your seconda(...)

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