Ruth Coppinger

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Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation picketing outside Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has urged a return to the Labour Court for talks to avoid two more days of strike action by nurses next week. As nearly 40,000(...)

The Coombe hospital has issued a statement saying its board had no role whatsoever in certifying a termination of pregnancy. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The pregnant woman who the Dáil heard was denied an abortion despite two consultants’ approval has said she will travel to England next week for a ter(...)

Leona O’Callaghan will say that her abuse “broke me in ways I will never heal from”.

Limerick woman Leona O’Callaghan, whose rapist was jailed for attacks on her when she was 13-years-old, has called for changes to sentencing practice (...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside a GP surgery in Galway city on Thursday morning.

Anti-abortion protesters have picketed a Galway GP practice, just three days after termination services became legal in the State. The group stood ou(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he felt obliged to pass similar legislation to what was presented to the people before the referendum, and those provisions contained the penalties and criminal sanctions. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Attempts to fully decriminalise abortion as part of new legislation have failed following a debate in the Dáil. A number of TDs called on Minister fo(...)

As she faced the Taoiseach during Leaders’ Questions, Ruth Coppinger tugged at her white cuff, pulled a thong from inside her sleeve and held it up for all to see.

Stunts are not allowed in the Dáil chamber. But sometimes they are the right thing to do. Ruth Coppinger did the right thing on Tuesday. As she(...)

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger held up a thong in the Dáil as she called on the Government to take action to end the ‘routine victim blaming going on in Irish courts’ in sexual assault cases.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger brandished a thong in the Dáil on Tuesday as she called on the Government to make “massive legal changes” to end the “rou(...)

Protective fencing erected outside Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin. It is one of dozens of schools at the centre of structural concerns.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Gardaí should be called in to conduct a criminal investigation to find out who is responsible for structural defects in schools built over the past de(...)

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin, one of the  42 schools that have undergone structural assessments in recent weeks. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

An inquiry is to be established into why structural concerns have emerged across dozens of schools built over the last decade. Minister for Education(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris at launch of the HSE’s HPV Vaccine Information Campaign at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government will not accept amendments to the forthcoming abortion legislation which would shorten or abolish the proposed three-day waiting period(...)

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