Ronan Mullen

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Fr Michael Cleary gives a warm-up address to the audience before Pope John Paul II celebrates a Young People’s Mass in Ballybrit, Galway, in October 1979.

During the last papal visit I went to see the pope in Galway. I hadn’t intended to, but I was a bit drunk. Myself and a friend emerged from a pub in B(...)

 Campaigners during the official launch of the Save the 8th campaign in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

A licence to kill – those were the words echoed by many of the speakers at the Save the 8th campaign launch on Thursday. Contributor after contributo(...)

Niamh Ui Bhriain head of the Save the 8th campaign at the launch of the vote No campaign on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Women who are the victim of rape and incest should carry the baby to full term, according to the Save the 8th campaign. The group launched its offic(...)

The 2013 Rally for Life anti abortion demonstration in Dublin. The Government expects to publish the wording of the referendum next week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Last November, a group of 15 to 20 people who have pressed for changes to Ireland’s abortion laws for decades sat in the headquarters of the National (...)

The LoveBoth Project ‘Lives Saved’ tour launch  in Galway on Friday.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Groups campaigning to repeal and retain the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution are awaiting the official start of the campaign when the wording is (...)

These days, the Seanad is temporarily housed in an oversized room on loan from the National Museum. It is mere minutes away from the Dáil chamber, thanks to the OPW knocking down a party wall. Photograph: MaxwellPhotography.ie

It’s the little things that count. Fine Gael’s Martin Conway was most gratified when Leo Varadkar made his first visit to the Upper House since land(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland called for  an end to “exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome to promote campaign views”.

All sides in the abortion referendum debate must “stop exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome” the main representative group for people and(...)

Rónán Mullen outside Leinster House last October.  “We have a tradition here in Ireland where children with Down syndrome are perhaps more cherished than in many other countries,” he has claimed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The face of the campaign against repealing the Eighth Amendment will not be a Catholic bishop. It will be a delightful smiling kid with Down syndrome.(...)

Senator Paul  Coghlan said the most basic and fundamental right was the right to life. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The baby in the womb is the tiniest and weakest member of society and should feel it is a safe place, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has said. “They (...)

Justice swamp: former minister Frances Fitzgerald with former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The political landscape is a wondrous thing. We’d be lost without it. The political landscape is imaginary, yet it is mapped and remapped, forever exp(...)

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