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Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. The organisation has interpreted the changes as having strengthened the ability of an individual’s conscience to put a woman’s life in danger.

The need to dot Is and cross Ts was the reason given for the delay in publishing the text of the Government’s proposed abortion legislation until the (...)

The biggest majority – 89 per cent – said abortion could be permitted where a woman’s life is at risk, with 6 per saying it should not and 5 per cent having no opinion. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The findings of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll confirm there is wide public support for a more liberal abortion regime than that provided for (...)

There is overwhelming public support for the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.The po(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to reporters in Dublin after the Government agreed the wording of the abortion legislation. It is expected that the Bill will be published this evening. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Arthur Beesley, Political News Editor The Government’s abortion legislation met immediate resistance wtihin the Fine Gael parliamentary party tonight,(...)

Even by the Seanad’s high standards, Marc MacSharry’s capacity for pomposity is quite something.

Senator Marc MacSharry from Sligo has a big interest in amateur dramatics, but he isn’t very good at it.Hams have been known to ask him for his autogr(...)

Public Accounts Committee  chairman John McGuinness: “Having an opinion is not in itself a sacking offence.” Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fine Gael group on the Public Accounts Committee has indicated it will not seek the removal of the committee’s chairman John McGuinness followin(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly, TD and  Minister of State, Alex White, TD met to discuss the abortion  legislation on Monday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government scheduled a special cabinet meeting this morning to settle the abortion legislation amid intensive efforts last night to agree a text (...)

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Fingal County Council will be putting the facility “beside the homes of residents in the Dublin City Council area who were not included in the consultation process”.    Photograph: Frank Miller

Plans for a wastewater treatment plant in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, have been criticised by local TDs who say the Fingal County Council facility will (...)

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness will temporarily step aside from the chair at its meeting tomorrow to make a statement on controversial comments he has made this week and on the judgement he exercised when he was a Minister of State.

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness will temporarily step aside from the chair at its meeting tomorrow to make a statement on controver(...)

Unfit for purpose

Ambition to reform the Oireachtas and rebalance the powers of the Executive always loses its attraction when opposition parties get into office. Some (...)

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