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Rural drivers could be forced to pay higher levies than urban motorists if the proposed plan to tax the distance travelled by cars is introduced, it w(...)

Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland including in the cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities making it one of the most restrictive systems in Europe. File photograph: PA Wire

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the south when the regime is introduced here, the Government has pledged. Spe(...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

Pope Francis waves to a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican. File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The State should use the visit of Pope Francis to send a message that Ireland is diverse, inclusive and respectful, the Cabinet has been advised. Min(...)

Under the existing legislation, children under the age of 16 are currently prohibited from accessing gender recognition, while teenagers aged 16-17 must go through a medical and psychiatric process before changing. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is today expected to agree to remove the restriction on children under 16 changing their gender. Minister for Social Protection Regina(...)

The Constitution of Ireland –  Bunreacht na hÉireann. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the words of its critics, and there have been many down through the decades, article 41.2 of the Constitution – the so-called “women’s place is in (...)

From left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Laura Magahy, Dr Tom Keane and Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

The woman selected to oversee a 10-year plan to reform the State’s health service has been urged to divest her stake in a consultancy firm before taki(...)

The referendum on the woman’s place in the home may be delayed until next year, The Irish Times understands. The Dáil’s business committee met on Thu(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins wave after they greeted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they arrived at Aras an Uactharain on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Fine Gael will actively canvass for the re-election of President Michael D Higgins and may use party resources to assist his campaign. Taoiseach Leo (...)

The Government has published the proposed legislation to regulate abortion services to be introduced following the recent referendum to repeal the Eig(...)

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