Tánaiste Simon Coveney: accepted there was a need for some change but wanted protection for the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has expressed concern about the rights of the unborn if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and abortion up to 12 weeks is p(...)

Mattie McGrath: “Members of the public are coming to us asking to join because they feel let down by other parties.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans are at an advanced stage for the creation of an informal political group to promote rural issues and an anti-abortion message, according to Inde(...)

Currently the unborn has an equal right to life as to the mother and abortions are only permitted when a mother’s life is at risk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Cabinet is to be warned of the tight timeframe it must adhere to if it is to hold a referendum in May on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Co(...)

Speaking in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said he would wait to hear the views of Fine Gael in the new year before the Government decided on a course of action. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have stopped short of publicly supporting the final recommendations of the Oireachtas com(...)

Repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution was proposed by Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan and passed overwhelmingly with the support of 13 other members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment spent over three hours voting on individual recommendations for their final report. The first propos(...)

Senator Catherine Noone (Fine Gael) chairwoman of the Oireachtas  Committee on the Eighth Amendment speaks to committee officials during its meeting on Wednesday.

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has agreed to recommend a series of changes to abortion laws, including access to terminations withou(...)

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton: “You cannot turn off the internet nor expect the gardaí to be waiting at our airports for women carrying abortion pills.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A majority of members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have confirmed they will support abortions being made available without rest(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher: he says terminations should be provided in certain circumstances, such as fatal foetal abnormalities, incest, rape and when there is a risk to a woman’s health. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is nearing its final conclusions – but a consensus is far from clear. The(...)

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(...)

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has been advised that if a woman is granted an abortion because of an alleged rape, this may h(...)

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