Magdalene survivor Mary Smyth: ‘The Government are dragging their heels on the issue.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The death of another woman who had been in a Magdalene laundry has been met with fury and upset by a representative group who have questioned the ongo(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan

Lap-dancing clubs benefit from the reduced 9 per cent VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector, it emerged during the Dáil debate on the budget(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

Building a memorial to victims of institutional abuse at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin’s Parnell Square would be “demeaning” to abuse survivors (...)

 Richard Boyd Barrett TD joins  Trade Unions and  civil society organisations a calling on the public to join a People’s Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Organisers of a ‘people’s assembly’, due to coincide with the Dáil reconvenes, are hoping that thousands of people will show up to voice their concern(...)

Fine Gael TD Simon Harris was speaking at the publication today of a cross-party submission on mental health reform. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A Government TD has demanded greater public oversight of HSE spending to ensure money ring-fenced for mental health services was not siphoned away to (...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)

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(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Smoke rises  near Aleppo.Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

An end to the Syrian arms embargo is “the only way” to ultimately stop the bloodshed, Walid Saffour, ambassador to the UK o(...)

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