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Ruling that Justice Minister 'obliged to consider' pregnancies in deportation cases could be 'helpful'
A 2016 High Court ruling that said the Minister is obliged to consider the prospective rights of the unborn in deportation cases has been upheld by Ireland’s highest court.
Supreme Court rejects definition of 'unborn' as an unborn child in Constitution
The Taoiseach had previously halted publishing the draft legislation for the Eighth referendum pending the ruling.
Argument from Justice Minister that unborn has no constitutional rights 'radical', Supreme Court told
The Supreme Court is considering the legal arguments for and against defining ‘the unborn’ in the Constitution as an unborn child.
Cabinet approves draft bill clearing way Oireachtas to set new abortion laws if 8th is repealed
The deadline for production of a final bill is 6 March.
About half of voters support unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks
Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says she isn’t sure if the referendum will pass.
The Supreme Court case that needs to be resolved before the Eighth Amendment referendum
A ruling by the High Court in 2016 found that references to the “unborn” in the Constitution meant an unborn child.
Varadkar on changing abortion stance: 'Things aren't as black and white as they appear in your 20s'
He said today that he is of the view that the Eighth Amendment “harms women”.
Supreme Court dismisses Pro Life Campaign request to become adviser in 'defining the unborn' case
The Pro Life Campaign had argued that it had spent “a significant amount of time” on the issue of defining the unborn.
Supreme Court to decide whether Pro Life Campaign can be an advisor in the 'defining the unborn' case
The Pro Life Campaign argued that they had spent a significant amount of time on the issue that was before the Supreme Court.
GPs will be permitted to conscientiously object to providing abortion services, Harris says
The government has said it wants terminations to be a ‘GP-led’ service.
Some GPs are 'outraged' that they're being expected to lead abortion services
The government wants terminations to be a ‘GP-led’ service.
Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic'
The organisation is seeking legal advice about an ongoing dispute over a €137,000 grant it received.
Varadkar: 'Right now a 15-year-old girl who is raped cannot get an abortion'
Leo Varadkar said no foreign funding should prop up either campaign in the referendum.
Abortion referendum proposed for May, but 12-week law goes too far for Coveney
During the four-hour long special meeting on the issue there was division on the question of unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.
'We’re asking people to trust women': Repeal referendum to be held before the end of May
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also confirmed that he would be campaigning for repeal.
Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.
'Negative tactics': Pro-choice group anger as "" redirects to pro-life website
The URL brings users to a pro-choice website but is a pro-life site.
Over half of voters are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and abortion up to 12 weeks
56% of voters said they would vote in favour of changing the Constitution.
Charity's warning ahead of referendum: 'Stop exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome'
Down Syndrome Ireland said use of images could cause stress for parents.
'Households will be split' - Leading Fianna Fáil TD doesn't back his leader on abortion
Michael McGrath says repeal could lead to “an unknown”.
Varadkar says Ireland's abortion laws are 'too restrictive and need to be reformed'
However, the Taoiseach didn’t confirm if he wants the Eighth Amendment to be repealed.
Repeal-supporting Micheál Martin doesn't think he's out of step with his own party
Martin says his party’s TDs are free to hold their own views.
'We should remove the Eighth Amendment' - Micheál Martin has changed his mind
Micheál Martin became the first of the two largest parties’ leaders to endorse the removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
Atheist Ireland calls for bibles to be removed from referendum polling stations
The group calls the current system “discriminatory”.
Leo Varadkar still won't say how he'll campaign in an abortion referendum
The Taoiseach says, however, that his Cabinet wants a referendum to take place.
Archbishop Eamon Martin: 'Abortion ends the human life of an unborn girl or boy'
Martin wants followers to convince others to fight a repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
Today is Nollaig na mBan, so what's it all about?
Events are taking place to celebrate the contribution of women to society.
Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.
'Once the debate starts. Once the referendum campaign kicks off, it's open season'
It’s almost time for the abortion debate to be in the hands of the Irish public.
Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added that his own personal views wouldn’t decide what stance the Cabinet takes.
Legal abortion in cases of rape would be a 'GP-led service' under draft proposals
Cases of rape would follow the same rules as the proposed 12 week limit.
'We have further to go': Why three Sinn Féin politicians abstained in an Eighth Committee vote
Louise O’Reilly said the motion to allow unrestricted access to a termination up to 12 weeks went “slightly beyond party policy”.
Committee recommends legal abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy without restriction
The recommendation matches that of the Citizens’ Assembly.
TDs and Senators vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment
A referendum on the issue will be held next year.
Eighth Amendment committee to vote on repealing the Eighth today
After the vote, the committee will begin drafting a report on its recommendations.
Most people want Ireland's abortion law changed, according to new poll
A referendum is set to be held on the issue next year.
Eighth Amendment Committee to recommend straight repeal
Here’s what happened at the committee’s meeting today.
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
A man found dead in Meath and medals awarded to Siege of Jadotville soldiers.
'Only seven maternity hospitals offer all women access to anomaly scans'
The Eighth Amendment Committee today discussed access to scans, counselling and other services.
Eighth Amendment Committee to decide on repeal or no repeal on 13 December
The committee is to begin drafting a report on its recommendations after 13 December.