Ruth Coppinger

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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(...)

John Mulcahy: “While the public sector is good at lots of things, there’s one thing it’s not very good at, and that’s building of any description.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The proposed establishment of the Land Development Agency is the latest policy measure by the Government to help tackle our housing crisis. The aim is(...)

The Constitution of Ireland –  Bunreacht na hÉireann. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the words of its critics, and there have been many down through the decades, article 41.2 of the Constitution – the so-called “women’s place is in (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: offered to meet the committee next week to discuss the matter. Photograph: Eric Luke

A referendum to remove a reference in the Constitution to the woman’s place in the home has been delayed by six months after the Dáil’s business comm(...)

 Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger  said the court fine imposed on Deputy Michael Lowry was ‘one law for the rich and another for the poor’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Michael Lowry received a “chicken feed fine” for tax-related offences an opposition TD has claimed in the Dáil. Solidarity TD Ruth Cop(...)

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