Ronan Mullen

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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(...)

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(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, hailed the work of the committee as finding the voice of the middle ground on the abortion issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The publication of the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment marks the end of the second phase of the lengthy process of reformin(...)

Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Three members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have called for a new citizens’ assembly to explore “the m(...)

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(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says “detailed consideration” would be given to the findings of the Oireachtas committee’s final report, due to be published on December 20th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. He said most of the work on the Bills (...)

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(...)

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