The European Court of Human Rights: ruled in 2010 that Ireland was in breach of the Convention on Human Rights. Photograph: Getty Images

The Council of Europe has welcomed the Government’s commitment to enact new abortion legislation by the end of July, describing it as “an important(...)

Arriving at the Oireachtas health committee, which held hearings  on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 in late May,  were:  Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, secretary general at the Department of Health and Caroline Luddy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Council of Europe will issue a decision in the coming days on the Government’s implementation of the European Court of Human Rights’ “ABC” judgmen(...)

Deirdre Conroy pictured at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, in 2002, for an Irish Times article concerning her work as an architectural historian. “I haven’t spoken of the long shadow cast over the last 11 years because I didn’t know it would turn out like this.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

I write for The Irish Times for the first time as Deirdre Conroy, having retained my anonymity since February 2002 when I wrote in my former Irish nam(...)

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship  in Sicily after being rescued from a Turkish cargo ship in 2009.  Photograph: AP

When the Arab spring surged into full force, most Europeans hailed the revolutionary events as a t(...)

 Solicitor Caroline Simons arriving at the Oireachtas Health Committee hearings, at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Following the divergences in opinion among obstetricians and psychiatrists over the first two days of the hearings, it was hardly surprising th(...)

Professor Conor Gearty: “I was hostile to legalised human rights within the British debate.” photograph: dara mac dónaill

Today, he is one of the most ardent champions of the cause. Through his work as a lawyer, teacher and writer, he has become one of the subject’(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking aboout the proposed abortion legislation before a recent Cabinet meeting. He has staked his political reputation on getting the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill passed before the summer recess. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The determination of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to keep his troops in line for the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 through b(...)

It was unrealistic to hope the Government’s decision to acknowledge its Constitutional responsibility and give legislative effect to a twenty-o(...)

Germany calling: Enda Kenny at a press conference in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

A senior Fine Gael figure smiles as he muses on Enda Kenny’s reluctance to fill the vacancy for junior agriculture minister, a post that has be(...)

Jerry Buttimer: said the committee had gone to great lengths to ensure that there was balance among the witnesses

More than 50 medical and legal experts will give evidence to a special Oireachtas committee hearing on the Government’s draft (...)

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