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Senator Darragh O’Brien: remarks “deeply, deeply upset” him

Fianna Fáil Senators clashed during heated exchanges over graphic remarks about abortion made by some members of the party.The party’s Seanad leader, (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said the Seanad was in the last chance saloon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government had a comfortable majority last night in the first crucial vote on the Bill allowing a referendum to abolish the Seanad.Independent S(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has moved to shore up the independence of the proposed new regulator for the legal authority after his initial plans(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames who voted against the Government on the issue this evening

The Seanad has adjourned its final stage debate on the Bill paving the way for a referendum to abolish the Upper House until tomorrow.Debate on the l(...)

Senator Jim Walsh. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

A graphic description of an abortion outlined in the Seanad was “inappropriate and over the top”, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said.Fianna Fáil Sena(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly said it was “neither fair, reasonable nor acceptable” for private patients to be subsidised in the public health system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to defer the implementation of controversial new charges for private patients in public hospitals until the beginning of next year.M(...)

Documents seen by The Irish Times suggest few of the  477 posts professionals to bolster and modernise mental health services  will be filled by year-end

Planned new programmes to reduce suicide and self-harm will be the most likely and immediate casualties of the failure to fill new mental health posts(...)

Senator Jim Walsh: He is not a man to mince his words, known for his graphic and gruesome accounts of what is done to foetuses in the womb

Look carefully today at the women around you. All those damaged, drug-addled, alcoholic, self-harming, depressed, sex-addicted, suicidal women. Becaus(...)

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of putting the triple lock mechanism, which requires UN, government and Dail approval before the Defence Forces(...)

Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames  said ’with a heavy heart’ and aware of the impact on her future that she would not support the legislation.

There were no surprises in the first vote in the Seanad on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill when two Fine Gael senators Fidelma Healy-Eame(...)

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