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Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Three members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have called for a new citizens’ assembly to explore “the m(...)

Committee chair Senator Catherine Noone has asked  two committee members not to resign their positions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will hold its first public discussion on what recommendation it will make on the position of the Eigh(...)

His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: ‘I am absolutely determined that anybody over the legal limit shall face a disqualification.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has criticised TDs “shamelessly’’ succumbing to pressure to oppose his planned reversal of a loophole allowing first(...)

Journey ahead: Enda Kenny seems very comfortable when asked about Brexit.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In America, a big orange Trumpkin turns into a president and the Ugly Sister gets to go to the Inaugural Ball. And in Ireland and across Europe, the(...)

“We need a different vision for saving the rail network which squarely places making rail travel more attractive and reliable for passengers at the core of the strategy”

Seven Ministers of State have said they will resist any reduction in services at Iarnród Éireann, which has been identified as needing hundreds of mil(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:   has accused Michael Lowry of a “solo run” in trying to gain credit for a healthcare solution for Clonmel, something on which he and other Tipperary TDs worked. Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Tipperary TDs Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath clashed yesterday over a new “patient hotel” planned for South Tipperary General Hospital (...)

Michael Fitzmaurice, a former chair of the Turf-Cutters’ Association, has outstanding issues and was arguing against the tide of EU habitats directives on turf-cutting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Is it going to happen today, finally? The vote for the nomination of taoiseach (the fourth vote) is scheduled for 12pm. Will it finally happen? Well (...)

 Independent TD  Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Collins Photo Agency

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has insisted he and his colleagues in the Rural Alliance did not submit a list of ‘pet projects’ as part of their discus(...)

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