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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has passed a referendum on an issue that many other leaders have ran away from. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is set to be passed by a margin even greater than the most enthusiastic advocates fo(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has voiced his support for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment, saying that the proposed legislation, “in no way represents abortion on demand”

A beautiful sunny day in Dublin. On the pavement outside Leinster House, a man walks up and down with a sign hanging from his neck. “Yes Voters” it r(...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘It may be the case that more heads may roll in the future but it is important that it is the right heads’. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has effectively ruled out sacking Health Service Executive director general Tony O’Brien over the cervical cancer screening con(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien must have the hide of a rhinoceros. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The turmoil in Government and the health service continued to escalate on Wednesday, with Dáil exchanges dominated by the controversy and Opposition c(...)

Leo Varadkar also said  that “while you can paint over a mural you certainly can’t paint over an issue”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “no doubt” the Repeal mural that was painted over on the walls of the Project Arts Centre in Dublin wi(...)

Long Boat Quay, where over €3m to fix fire safety problems will be split between residents and the city council. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Major problems are accumulating in the apartment and multi-unit accommodation sector that, if not addressed by government, represent a time bomb that (...)

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger, who had earlier raised the high-profile rape case in Belfast: “Consent should be looked for. It should be actively sought and not assumed,” she said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sex education in many schools involves warning girls not to have sex and failing to teach boys about consent, the Dáil has heard as a new Bill to guar(...)

People gather on O’Connell Street on Thursday to support the complainant in the Belfast rape trial. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least a thousand people brought traffic and trams to a standstill on O’Connell Street in Dublin on Thursday afternoon in a rally in solidarity with(...)

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 (...)

Member of pro-choice group Rosa at the  launch of the  Time4Choice campaig on  Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some members of the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment are “worried” they will be significantly outspent by anti-abortion groups in the upcoming (...)

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