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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter  presented the Government’s response to the Constitutional Convention about amending the clause on the role of women in the home and in society. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland is at the “forefront in the EU” for the number of third-level female graduates and “we must make sure these women have every opportunity to ad(...)

Minister for State for Health Alex White; Minister for Justice Alan Shatter; Pádraig Mac Lochlainn of Sinn Féin; and Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghail and on the steps of the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The four main parties have jointly called for a Yes vote in the referendum on a Court of Appeal.In an unusual move, senior figures from Fine Gael, Lab(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

About 30,000 people have applied to an advertisement for Garda recruits, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter told the Dáil

About 30,000 people have applied to an advertisement for Garda recruits to undergo a new training programme and graduate with a bachelor of arts degre(...)

“We have been assured by the United Nations that every arrangement that is possible will be put in place to ensure their safety and security,” said  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The safety and security of Irish troops in the Middle East region has been paramount in the Government’s discussions with the United Nations on the Sy(...)

Eamon Gilmore said the security of personnel was an issue of particular concern and the UN was “forthright and flexible” in its response

Ireland was asked to provide Defence Force personnel for the Golan Heights to ensure the UN’s mission was seen as credible, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore tol(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners maintain their protest last night outside Leinster House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil allowed members a free vote on the legislation, and 14 members voted against:John Browne (Wexford)Dara Calleary (Mayo)Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway(...)

Crisis of conscience:  Lucinda Creighton has thrived in the European portfolio but has had conflict within Fine Gael. Photograph:   Justin Mac Innes/Getty Images

Decisions, decisions. Lucinda Creighton faces a difficult choice next week when the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill returns to the Dáil. She (...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

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