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In 2017 an estimated 200,000 people visited the Hill of Tara in Co Meath. Photograph: Getty Images

A conservation plan is being developed for the Hill of Tara which is struggling to cope with the increasing number of visitors to the 5,000-year-old s(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy warned that the Government risked opening a “hornet’s nest” if it did not go with a repeal simpliciter question on the Eighth Amendment and “potentially could cause a significant and completely unnecessary delay”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Debate on abortion in the Dáil was cut short for a second night running after it proved impossible to reach a quorum of 20 TDs. Independent TD Mattie(...)

Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It would be difficult for the Government to do anything about a controversial drug rehabilitation treatment centre if people go there “of their own fr(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said he did not agree with his party’s stance on the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

On the question of the Eighth Amendment, there remains in Leinster House a good number of fence sittters. The time for them to jump off is drawing nea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: yet to state where he stands on the amendment introduced in 1983 to underpin Ireland’s anti-abortion laws but is expected to favour  repeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The views of the majority of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution are likely to emerge on Monday, when(...)

Almost half of all TDs (46%) are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, while 15% said they are opposed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oireachtas members look set to back the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and a likely Dáil vote is on course to pass with a large majority, according to(...)

Almost half of all TDs said they were in favour of repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

For many months, Irish Times/Ipsos polls have shown an overwhelming majority of the public are in favour of at least some liberalisation of Ireland’s(...)

Orlaith McBride, the director of the Arts Council,  has told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht that she rejects an inference of conflict of interest . File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

The director of the Arts Council has told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht that she rejects an inference of confl(...)

Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council: said she just wanted to set the record straight. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Arts Council is to be given the opportunity to read a response into the official Oireachtas record after its director, Orlaith McBride, was asked (...)

Sinn Féin politicians attend the party’s ardfheis at the RDS in Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has rejected a proposal to give party members a free vote on the future of the Eighth Amendment. The party agreed a united party position t(...)

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