Patricia Lohr

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 Senator Rónán Mullen, Mary Kenny from Limerick,  and Independent TD Mattie McGrath lead a protest alleging pro-choice bias in the   Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will hold a private meeting today to discuss allegations of bias made against the committee. Social (...)

 Bobbie Farsides, professor of clinical and biomedical ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Helen Watt, senior research fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, at the  Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are worse places than the Grand Hotel in Malahide to debate the most protracted and incendiary issue in Irish public life. This Georgian-era hot(...)

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will be balloted next month on recommendations that they will give to the Government on the future of the constituti(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has said it would have been a “serious omission” not to include material from two women who were described by anti(...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, at the inaugural meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly may surprise us all yet, but the signs are not good so far. However, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy showed herself to be a woman of pri(...)

Pro Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock: said a weekend be given to those views including the testimonies of parents of children with Down syndrome. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Pro Life Campaign has called on Ms Justice Mary Laffoy to “urgently address” what it believe is an imbalance in the presentations given to the Ci(...)

Chairwoman of the Citizen’s Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. The assembly heard from the Rape Crisis Centre  on the provisions for women to help them deal with the trauma of rape. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Allowing for abortion in the case of rape could lead to a number of significant legal problems, the Citizens’ Assembly was told. Tom O’Malley, a se(...)

The 99 members of the assembly were told there are an average of 56 million abortions every year, amounting to one pregnancy in four .

Married women are more likely to have an abortion than unmarried women, while there are more abortions carried out in countries where laws are highly (...)

Justice Mary Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly discussing the Eighth Amendment, in Malahide, Co Dublin, last November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of submissions received by the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion has been “way beyond” what it expected, an assembly spokeswoman has said. M(...)