Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking in Iveagh House, Dublin. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has expressed confidence that TDs previously opposed to repealing the Eighth Amendment will not seek to frustrate the passage o(...)

In publicly announcing his position last January, Leo Varadkar said he had to think “long and hard” about supporting the committee’s proposals.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he came to his own conclusion on how Ireland’s abortion laws should be reformed in advance of the Oireachtas committee(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Senator Ned O’Sullivan,  Senator Catherine Noone,  Jonathan O’Brien and Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Maxwell

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have said the Government’s proposed legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks without (...)

“Children who commit crimes should be treated more leniently because they are denied the vote.” Photograph: E+/Getty Images

There’s a long tradition of the courts being lenient towards children who commit crimes. The question is why? People tend to think kids deserve a bre(...)

“The concept of termination was so vigorously promoted that a ‘group-think’ has come to the fore,” said the Bishop of Cloyne Dr William Crean. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire.

People should not focus solely on individual stories, no matter how sad and tragic they may be, when voting in the forthcoming referendum to repeal th(...)

The gathering heard that abortion would not be allowed “in any circumstances” once the foetus reaches viability.

The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a l(...)

The  Maser artwork outside the Project Art Centre is painted over by artistic director Cian O Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The status of the socially conservative Iona Institute has been questioned in correspondence sent to the Charities Regulator, which notes it is listed(...)

 Anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators at a rally in Dublin in 2015. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll provides an early indication of public opinion and voting intentions in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth A(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly has called for the ‘eradication of single use plastics particularly in supermarkets and the imposition of penalties for failure to comply’. Photograph: Getty Images

The Citizens’ Assembly has submitted a series of extra recommendations to the Government on tackling climate change, including a call for more rigorou(...)

 Chairwoman of the Citzens’ Assembly, Justice Mary Laffoy  told members, who met for the final time on Sunday, that participation in the exercise of deliberative democracy was ‘unlike other forms of group engagement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Citizens’ Assembly has voted by a tight majority to change the current constitutional position regarding the dissolution of Dáil Éireann. The ass(...)

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