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Independent TD Séamus Healy: called on the Government to include cases of fatal foetal abnormalities in the Bill.

The theatre of a late-night Dáil sitting and the prospect of a junior minister going overboard may have lent some drama to its final passage into law,(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: “It is often only when I open the paper on the morning after an appointment that I discover an appointee has a tangential relationship with someone in politics”

All judicial appointments made by the Government have been made on merit, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has insisted in the Dáil.He said that sinc(...)

Róisín Shortall criticised the Government for a ‘lack of any generosity or collegiality’ on the abortion legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Labour minister Róisín Shortall has sharply criticised the Government for a “lack of any generosity or collegiality” on the abortion legislatio(...)

Responding to opposition criticism of the overnight debate, Eamon Gilmore said the abortion legistlation was ‘sensitive’ and ‘ felt that time should be given’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has defended the Government’s decision to allow the all-night debate on the abortion legislati(...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Calum Mulligan, Amy Fode, Labour leader Ed Miliband, prospective parlimentary candidate for Birmingham and Yardley Jess Phillips, Orla Oakey and Helen Dollimore walk into The St Bride Foundation n London yesterday.

Millions of trade union members will have to agree to pay a contribution to the British Labour Party rather than being automatically signed up, under (...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Sorry Dr Reilly. Please do not mislead people. Our manifesto and programme for govt DID NOT commit FG Tds to this. Read it. Don’t make it up.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will move swiftly to appoint a successor to Minister of State for Europe Lucinda Creighton if, as expected, she votes against the abor(...)

 Dessie O’Malley was widely lauded for standing up to Charlie Haughey on a matter of principle. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The threat of de-selection as candidates at the next election that was directed at Fine Gael’s rebel TDs this week amounts to a significant tightening(...)

The Government’s decision to omit long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions has been repeatedly criticised during three days of Oireachtas hearin(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

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