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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: collapsed in his seat like a warm Cornetto. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Cabinet sat in differing stages of subsidence, as if the air was slowly escaping from their inner tubes.Ministers were coming down from their Euro(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

The effort to win over doubters in Fine Gael is seen as a big test of Enda Kenny’s authority as party leader. Photograph: The Irish Times

Four Fine Gael TDs and a Sinn Fein TD have defied their party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.Th(...)

Lucinda Creighton speaking in the Dáil on the proposed abortion legislation on Monday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny faces the defection of several Fine Gael TDs when the abortion legislation goes to a vote for the first time in the Dáil this (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a media briefing at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its suppor(...)

Brian Walsh TD: has indicated he will break with Fine Gael over abortion

The first Fine Gael Deputy to indicate publicly he will not support the Government’s proposed abortion legislation has said he(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking in Belfast where he said the Government had  “made it clear we want to bring certainty for women and their medical practitioners where a woman’s life is at risk”. Photograph: PA

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today. Mr Gilmore added that(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny who said today  law is not being changed on abortion. He said it was being clarified to deal strictly with the Constitution and with the X case and ‘will do so without bringing any new rights’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said “no new rights” will be put in place when the Government legislates for limited abortion. Speaking in Dunda(...)

Minister of State Lucinda Creighton: said she would not support the inclusion of suicide in any legislation. Photograph: David Sleator

Internal tensions within Fine Gael over the abortion issue erupted into the open last night when a sizeable number of TDs and Senators challeng(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)

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