A demonstration in February 1992 outside Government Buildings against the High Court injunction forbidding a 14-year-old rape victim from obtaining an abortion in Britain. The banner includes a telephone number which was deleted by The Irish Times, in compliance with the High Court ruling of December 1986, which found that the provision of assistance, including information, to a pregnant woman seeking an abortion was in breach of Article 40 of the Constitution. Photograph: Eric Luke

1983 Referendum leads to constitutional amendment recognising the right to life of the unborn child. 1986 High Court rules that the availability to w(...)

Margaret Murphy’s son Kevin died at the Mercy Hospital in Cork in 1999. Photograph: Provision

Transparency and accountability are too often sacrificed on the altar of “corporate damage limitation” when mistakes are made by medical practitioners(...)

File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

The record of the judiciary in relation to human rights protection has been “mixed” over recent decades, a senior judge has told a human rights confer(...)

The apology from Minister for Health Simon Harris to Amanda Mellet (centre) was an important moment. Hopefully it indicates that the Government fully accepts the UN committee’s decision, and will act upon it without equivocation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In 2011, Amanda Mellet was denied an abortion in Ireland after learning her pregnancy had a fatal foetal impairment. She travelled to the UK to underg(...)

Leah Hoctor of the Centre for Reproductive Rights at a press conference after the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruling. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Ireland’s maternity services and the eighth amendment to the Constitution, article 40.3.3, provide plenty of copy for opinion columnists. There seems (...)

Enda Kenny disregards opinion polls because the people answering them don’t yet see “just how profound the decision is”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been an eventful month in the fantastical world of Irish abortion politics. Most notably, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Ireland in breach(...)

Mick Wallace: the TD is understood to have consulted a number of legal advisers, including a former attorney general. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace: has proposed a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Dáil will later this month vote on a Bill that would allow for the termination of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. The newly (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned any immediate attempt to reverse the constitutional ban on abortion would be defeated. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Government is shortly to begin the process which may lead to a change in Ireland’s abortion laws, although Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned any imm(...)

Enda Kenny: “If there is a consensus and people have a vote, they will have the right to vote according to their conscience.”  Photograph: Press Association

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will bring a memo to Cabinet next week setting up a citizens’ assembly on abortion. He told the Dáil he had briefed his Minister(...)

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