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What injects energy into public discussion, raises awareness and encourages voting is strong, articulate argument on each side of the debate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arguments for and against the proposal to abolish the Seanad have been made vigorously in recent weeks. Discussion on the proposal to establish a cour(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

What is the Court of Appeal referendum about? It has been overshadowed by the debate on the abolition of the Seanad, but there’s a second referendum t(...)

Irish people living in Britain have been slow to back calls for extending voting rights to emigrants in presidential elections, the Constitutional Convention has said. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Irish people living in Britain have been slow to back calls for extending voting rights to emigrants in presidential elections, the Constitutional Con(...)

My old uniform

My school was Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, where I boarded from Dublin for four years on a scholarship. It was run by the order of Religi(...)

The Mater hospital is set to clash with the abortion law. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 was recently signed into law. Its provisions were debated at great length in the media and in the Oir(...)

President Michael D Higgins yesterday  disclosed that, after consulting with the Council of State on Monday, he would not be referring the legislation – which makes abortion permissible in limited circumstances – to the Supreme Court to test its constitutionality. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The decision of President Michael D Higgins to sign into law the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act has been described as “a key milestone in Iri(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s signature on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill yesterday, formally brings to an end a key part of the debate that began with the so-called “pro-life amendment” in 1983.

Thirty years after the 1983 referendum set off one of the most acrimonious legal and political sagas since the State was founded – one that led to a l(...)

Members of the Council of State at Áras an Uachtarain yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has signed into law the Government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed the move in a (...)

Sprightly former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (93) stepped from his car and – old pro that he is – turned to face the grateful photographers with a cheery wave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where is this council estate anyway? The President invited it to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.That’s a lot of chairs and biscuits. Good old Michael D.(...)

President Michael D Higgins and the Council of State which is meeting today to advise him on whether he should refer the new abortion Bill to the Supreme Court.

The meeting of the Council of State convened by President Michael D Higgins to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has ended after m(...)

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