Billy Timmins

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The effort to win over doubters in Fine Gael is seen as a big test of Enda Kenny’s authority as party leader. Photograph: The Irish Times

Four Fine Gael TDs and a Sinn Fein TD have defied their party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.Th(...)

Lucinda Creighton speaking in the Dáil on the proposed abortion legislation on Monday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny faces the defection of several Fine Gael TDs when the abortion legislation goes to a vote for the first time in the Dáil this (...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

Billy Timmins said he believed the legislation could be unconstitutional and “while this legislation may pass, I do not think it will address our problems. Instead it will increase them.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wicklow TD Billy Timmins has joined two Fine Gael backbenchers in confirming his intention to break Government ranks and vote against the abortion l(...)

Fine Gael’s Timmins to oppose abortion Bill  over suicide clause

Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins said today will not support the Government’s legislation on abortion. The Wicklow TD is the third deputy in his part(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: no free vote will be offered.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An attempt to allow Fine Gael TDs and Senators a free vote on the abortion Bill failed to get off the ground last night when it came before the parl(...)

More than 115,000 prescriptions for Viagra were filled in 2011, according to new figures from the Department of Health. The cost of pres(...)

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