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Brendan Howlin: It is not good enough . . . that the leader of political parties don’t give leadership. Photograph:  Collins

There have been calls for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to give their views on whether abortion should be allowed witho(...)

6/07/2013: Anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

You can probably feel the excitement in the air, as today marks the return of the Dáil from the Christmas recess and the first sitting day of 2018. O(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be under pressure to state his position soon, as will Micheál Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Abortion will be the focus of a two-day debate in the Dáil later this week, in which TDs will give their reactions to the report of the Oireachtas Com(...)

A photograph  of Savita Halappanavar at a repeal the Eighth Amendment rally in Dublin. Photograph: Getty images

Ireland is undertaking a historic debate on abortion and the Eighth Amendment. A prominent voice in this debate will be the Catholic hierarchy. Just l(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: accepted there was a need for some change but wanted protection for the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has expressed concern about the rights of the unborn if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and abortion up to 12 weeks is p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  previously expressed caution about the proposal to legalise abortions up to 12 weeks, suggesting last week that it might be ‘a step too far’ for many people. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled for the first time that the Government will accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth (...)

Micheál Martin: “I will be making a comprehensive statement in due course.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he will reveal his views soon on the recommendations for abortion up to 12 weeks when he finishes reading the v(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, addressed each of the recommendations and offered explanations as to why  the committee made them. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is understood to have told his TDs and Senators that accepting the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government should accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Spea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: yet to state where he stands on the amendment introduced in 1983 to underpin Ireland’s anti-abortion laws but is expected to favour  repeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The views of the majority of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution are likely to emerge on Monday, when(...)

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