Peter Mathews

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An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Dail

Groups of anti-abortion and pro-choice protesters are outside the Dáil today as TDs arrive for the debate and vote on the Protection of Life During Pr(...)

 Gerry Adams: tried to get an answer from Enda Kenny on the banks, but he didn’t get very far. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil dozed fitfully yesterday, flaked out on democracy’s doorstep like a dog in the afternoon sun. Think the usual Tuesday torpor, only dulled dow(...)

Move is unlikely to appease Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton.

Fine Gael is pressing for an amendment to the abortion legislation in the hope that it can still prevent the defection of another two or more TDs in (...)

Peter Mathews leaves Leinster House after voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After the rising, Micheál Martin is left with flour on his hands and a baker’s dozen of dissidents to keep under control. Government deputies were all(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s spokesman had no comment on the actions of the four TDs, which came as the legislation passed its first Dáil reading by a margin of 138 to 24. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has removed four rebel TDs from the party after they defied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to vote against the abortion legislation. Steps were also u(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: collapsed in his seat like a warm Cornetto. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Cabinet sat in differing stages of subsidence, as if the air was slowly escaping from their inner tubes.Ministers were coming down from their Euro(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

The effort to win over doubters in Fine Gael is seen as a big test of Enda Kenny’s authority as party leader. Photograph: The Irish Times

Four Fine Gael TDs and a Sinn Fein TD have defied their party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.Th(...)

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