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People at a rally organised by the Strike4Repeal group watch a projection of Dáil proceedings on the side of Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government fears a straight repeal of the Eighth Amendment could lead to legal challenges and is likely to propose the insertion of a new provisio(...)

Barry McElduff: Mary Lou McDonald spent a few days insisting his suspension was “a proportionate response” for a “stupid” stunt.

If the Barry McElduff controversy was a test for Sinn Féin, the party failed it, then passed at the repeats. McElduff submitted his resignation as an(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee talks gives her view on the current political landscape. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael might be well ahead in the opinion polls, but Fianna Fáil are not spooked just yet, according to Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee. On this wee(...)

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Eric Luke

The revelation at the Charleton tribunal earlier this week that the Garda legal team sought guidance from the Department of Justice about the strategy(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: a spokesman said he will not make any comment on his own views before the Cabinet and Fine Gael parliamentary party discussed the issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely(...)

Paschal Donohoe: the “magical mediocrity of sustained average rates of growth” is what enables countries to plan for the future, the Minister for Finance says. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Steady. Unspectacular. Dull. Boring, even. These are the ambitions of Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s young Minister for Finance, as he ponders his steward(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Ireland has fallen back quite a lot, first because of the recession and secondly, more recently because of a very fast-growing economy.” Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged to increase Ireland’s contribution to the developing world, promising to deliver a schedule of increases in Irish o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said he and British prime minister Theresa May would make another effort to promote agreement between the northern parties in the new year on re-establishing the powersharing institutions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will seek to have the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference convened in the new year if there is no breakthrough at Stormont to re(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, hailed the work of the committee as finding the voice of the middle ground on the abortion issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The publication of the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment marks the end of the second phase of the lengthy process of reformin(...)

 Chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Senator Catherine Noone. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“It has been interesting, it has been surprising, it has been amazing, this process, to me. There’s a huge lack of understanding and knowledge in this(...)

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