Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick: ‘The decision to resign from Fine Gael was a difficult decision to make.’

Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick has confirmed he is resigning the Fine Gael whip in the Dáil and will stand at the next election as an Independent candidat(...)

Former Anglo chief executive David Drumm allowed himself a rare smile in court when the judge granted a relaxation of his bail conditions, saying he had been extremely punctual throughout. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Drumm cut an often lonely figure as he wheeled his black suitcase into Court 19 each day. None of his family or friends was present in Dublin C(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. During his trial, days were taken up with Drumm’s lawyers arguing for portions of the “Anglo tapes” recorded phone calls to be excluded from evidence. Photograph: Collins Courts.

During the numerous days of legal argument during David Drumm’s trial, which ran for 16 weeks, the jury was regularly excused to sip tea in the comfo(...)

During his trial David Drumm became animated when a stockbroker talked about loan-to-deposit ratios. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Twenty-six of the witnesses during David Drumm’s 16-week trial were former employees of Anglo Irish Bank, hailing from both the treasury and the lendi(...)

Rejected votes are seen at the RDS during the abortion referendum count. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Yes side secured 66.5 per cent of the vote in Louth while the No campaign got 33.5 per cent. The narrowest win for the Yes was the single box in (...)

Spokeswoman Cora Sherlock at the launch of the  ‘Love Both’ campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government’s proposed abortion laws would lead to “one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world, even more ghastly than the UK abortion l(...)

Prof Patricia Casey speaking at the launch of  myadoptionstory.ie website, a  resource for women with crisis pregnancies who are considering their options, with website founder Dr Fidelma Healy-Eames and Minister of State John Paul Phelan. Photograph: Dave Meehan /The Irish Times

Women in crisis pregnancies have been urged to think of adoption by a new group and website dedicated to publicising the option. “It’s not a solution(...)

Teeth cleaning and glasses repair: more than 330,000 claims have been processed and paid in the three months from November to January, a fourfold increase over a year earlier. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Teeth cleaning and glasses repair have become particularly popular social-welfare benefits since their introduction at the end of October, Minister fo(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, hailed the work of the committee as finding the voice of the middle ground on the abortion issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The publication of the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment marks the end of the second phase of the lengthy process of reformin(...)

Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Three members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have called for a new citizens’ assembly to explore “the m(...)

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