Ruth Coppinger

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Patrick McKee says  tweet was critical of Coppinger’s comments during the debate rather than her personally. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A Fianna Fáil councillor has apologised for comments he made about Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger. Cllr Patrick McKee had been criticised by his colle(...)

A total of 38 TDs have contributed to a Dáil debate on the report of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

A Dáil debate on the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution resumed late on Tuesday night, having run for two days (...)

Simon Harris  said that if it was the “sad reality that we have been exporting this issue, are we now accepting that women must import their own solutions”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. “Ultimatel(...)

Ruth Coppinger and Solidarity protesters outside Housing Agency in Dublin. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy

Housing Agency chairman Conor Skehan may be invited before the Oireachtas committee on housing to explain recent comments on homelessness, a committee(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

Ruth Coppinger: she cited the success of the anti-water charges campaign, and said it had been organised totally through social media. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has lost a Dáil vote on a Fianna Fáil Bill to make it a crime to use automated social media accounts to manipulate online political deb(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Ministers  Heather Humphreys and Josepha Madigan at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a number of minor changes to the Cabinet yesterday including the appointment of Simon Coveney as Tánaiste. Mr Varadkar wa(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said  no letter about maintenance requirements should be sent out to abuse victims. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Women who have been abused by an ex-partner and are seeking the lone parent’s allowance will no longer have to contact their abuser or provide evidenc(...)

John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

Noeline Blackwell and Angela McCarthy, chief executive and head of clinical services at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, arriving at Oireachtas Committee hearing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parents who received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality have said the Eighth Amendment brutalises and abuses women in their circumstances. Ger(...)

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