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Eilis Ryan and fellow members of the Dublin Central Repeal the 8th Campaign canvass door-to-door in Stonybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Alan Betson

The phrase “silent majority” has fallen out of fashion in Ireland in recent times. US president Richard Nixon popularised it the 1960s, when he claime(...)

“Flawed as it is, at least the stopwatch approach is measurable. And given that broadcasters, with a few exceptions, are sometimes already failing to be fair regarding the manner of questioning, how will removing the stopwatch help?”

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has repeated its guidance which states that a stopwatch to measure absolutely equal time is not necessary during(...)

The most recent poll conducted for this newspaper, in January, found a “clear majority of voters” (56 per cent) backing repeal of the Eighth Amendment.  Photograph:  Mark Stedman

The forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment is going to be won, and lost, on the “12-week” issue. While one side is embracing it with gusto, t(...)

 Regina Doherty: she and her Government colleagues “working very hard” to “put the facts on the table so that people can make informed decisions”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Campaigners for repeal of the Eighth amendment will not accept a No vote in the forthcoming referendum, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty (...)

Pearse Doherty: key focus is the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said he believes there is no other way to provide abortion in the cases of rape and incest without allowing for termin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was urged by US anti-abortion groups to retain the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Seventeen anti-abortion groups in the United States have urged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to retain the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution. The groups (...)

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald leads activists in highlighting the Sinn Féin ‘Trust Women – Repeal the Eighth’ message outside Leinster House last week. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A number of Sinn Féin’s elected representatives are uncomfortable with the party’s policy on abortion but are unwilling to say so publicly, a veteran (...)

Counting of votes during the abortion referendum in 2002. File photograph: Frank Miller

A student from Belfast is seeking permission from the High Court in Dublin to challenge the State’s failure to allow citizens living in Northern Irela(...)

A choose life section has been added to the www.catholicbishops.ie website

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has been urged to examine the funding of the Catholic bishops’ referendum campaign in support of reta(...)

Anti-abortion protesters march through Dublin at a demonstration last Saturday. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Broadcasters do not have to adhere to a strict 50:50 split in airtime between both sides in a referendum debate, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland(...)

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