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# Legislation

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# Abortion
Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated
Amendments rejected as TDs call for “very difficult and tragic” cases of rape and incest be catered for.
# Abortion
Debate on abortion bill adjourned at 5am
The bill was due to be voted on last night – but debate concluded after a decision had been made on a number of amendments.
# Abortion
LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote
TDs are debating the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 in the Dáil.
# Smoking
EU regulation of e-cigarettes a step closer
A vote today on the EU tobacco control directive was passed by MEPs on the Public Health Committee.
# Charity
Charities regulator to be in operation by 2014
New Charities Regulatory Authority will be funded by charities by way of “modest annual registration fee”.
# Abortion
Lucinda Creighton: "This is bigger than party politics"
The Minister of State for European Affairs has given another strong indication that she will vote against the abortion legislation.
# Prostitution
Waterford becomes 13th local authority to support law targeting sex buyers
Last month an Oireachtas committee also recommended that people who pay for sex should face criminal charges but not prostitutes.
# on the fence
TD facing expulsion still 'weighing up' decision ahead of abortion vote
The Fine Gael TD is on the fence ahead of Wednesday night’s vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Bill to a Law
What next for the abortion bill?
Committee Stage is over. So where to next for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013?
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Postcodes and stiff financial regulations
Pat Rabbitte will be shooting the breeze with senators on the sustainability of the postal service and post offices around Ireland. Abortion is still up for debate in committees and will the financial regulator get some teeth?
# Abortion
Two TDs vote to remove suicide clause from abortion bill
However, seven deputies and one minister voted to keep the section within the bill.
# Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers could get up to five years' pay if dismissed unfairly
Newly-published bill concerning employees who report wrongdoing outlines extra measures to protect them.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Home repossessions and passion in the Seanad
Remember David Norris’s impassioned speech on possible Seanad abolition last week? Guess what’s back on the cards today…
# Abortion
Abortion bill passes first Dáil vote, moves to committee stage
The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has passed the second stage of the Dáil this evening with cross-party support but also cross-party opposition.
# Abortion
Lucinda Creighton strongly criticises abortion legislation – but doesn’t say how she’ll vote
The Fine Gael TD called for significant amendments to be made to the legislation before the final vote on it.
# Abortion
Gilmore: Abortion bill will 'fall short' on hard cases - but I'm voting for it
The Tánaiste said that the abortion bill will not offer compassion to victims of rape or incest.
# Dáil
Video + speech: Here's what Lucinda Creighton had to say on abortion legislation
“I can only hope that logic and verifiable evidence will prevail and substantive amendments will be accepted to ensure that the rights of all human beings are protected with the full vigour of the law.”
# US Senate
US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill
Shouts of ‘Yes we did!’ came from the public galleries after the vote to approve the legislation was announced.
# Abortion
Abortion Rights Campaign says it cannot support the abortion bill
The campaign group has said that the legislation does not satisfy a European court ruling which called on Ireland to clarify its abortion laws.
# Abortion
At least 13 TDs to oppose abortion bill with first vote now due next week
The first vote on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been delayed until next week to allow TDs more speaking time.
# Abortion
"It's undemocratic" - Labour councillor quits the party over abortion
Galway councillor Shaun Cunniffe said he believes the upcoming legislation will open the doors to “social abortion”.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it's offensive to democratic ideals
I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.
Lisa McInerney: The loudest voices in pro-life camp discredit the civil ones
There is common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice people, writes Lisa McInerney, but plastic foetuses and death threats are eroding it.
# Leaders' Questions
Gilmore: 'I will not condemn the Catholic Church or any other church'
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said all organisations, including the Catholic Church, has a right to voice their opinion on the abortion issue.
Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas
Former inmates are among those gathering to fight capital punishment at a world congress event that begins today, but Kirstin Houle from Texas says theirs is a daily struggle they know they will win.
# Abortion
Abortion legislation approved and published
Download the document in full here.
# Abortion
Final text of abortion bill to be published after Cabinet's green light
Ministers agreed to the content of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill at a special meeting this morning.
# Cabinet
Ministers to discuss abortion laws at special meeting
Legislation is expected to be published later today if an agreement is reached at Cabinet level.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Abortion
Support for abortion in cases of rape drops
The latest opinion poll shows that almost seven in 10 people believe abortion is acceptable when the pregnancy is a result of rape.
# Legislation
Martin: 'Wrong to say someone who supports abortion bill is pro-abortion'
The Fianna Fáil leader said that Catholics should be free to vote with their conscience on the issue.
# Abortion
Oireachtas committee gives Reilly 1,642-page report on abortion hearings
Some light reading for the Minister for Health.
# Said and done
Knitting on the Late Late Show and Shatter's apology: The week in quotes
“I was told there would be at least one nun sitting in the Late Late Show audience, knitting. And sure enough, there she was”.