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Minister for Health James Reilly: signed commencement order for Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from January 1st has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The move wa(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has signed the commencement order for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. It comes into force on January 1st. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The order commencing the controversial Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The order and(...)

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the appropriateness of office-holders having to take religious oaths, including  former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter speaking at the Central Count Centre at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A court of appeal will be established next year after the proposal was approved by a clear majority.Some 65 per cent voted Yes in the referendum to cr(...)

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(...)

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