Minister denies confusing repeal issue, says vote may be held in June

Employment Affairs Minister Regina Doherty denies that Government figures are “muddying the waters” over the referendum on the Eighth Amendment and has also suggested that the vote might now go ahead in June.

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TD’s office vandalised as signs removed

The office of a Fianna Fáil TD has been vandalised by what appears to be members of the pro-life campaign.

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Two thirds of ministers will campaign in favour of change; Cabinet majority backs 12-week limit

Almost two thirds of the Cabinet have confirmed that they fully support legalising abortion up to 12 weeks and will publicly advocate and campaign to achieve it, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Latest: Abortion referendum 'likely be held in June', says Minister

Latest: The Social Protection Minister says the abortion referendum will "most likely be held in June".

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Minister raises doubt over chances of repealing 8th

A senior minister has cast doubt over whether the Government can succeed in liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws, triggering uncertainty about the upcoming referendum before the campaign begins.

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Work to be done to convince people to vote for abortion change - Regina Doherty

A senior government minister has said there is a "job of work to be done" if people are to be persuaded to back a referendum on changing abortion law.

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Work needs to be done to convince undecided voters - Abortion Rights Campaign

The Abortion Rights Campaign says they are aware work needs to be done to convince undecided voters ahead of this year's referendum.

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Polls show at least 40% approve unrestricted access to abortion in first 12 weeks

Two opinion polls show around a third of people think the Government's proposals on abortion go too far.

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Initiative being developed to monitor online ads during abortion referendum campaign

A new database is being developed to keep track of paid online advertisements targeting voters during the abortion referendum campaign.

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Minister for Mental Health: Gambling with women’s health is not responsible

The possibility of unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the Eighth Amendment is repealed has moved a step closer after another Government minister said he is backing the plan.

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Minister of State at Health Department backs repeal of Eighth Amendment

The Minister of State at the Department of Health says he will support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

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Pro Repeal campaigners will deliver Valentine's Cards to TDs at Leinster House

Pro Repeal campaigners are delivering Valentine's Cards to TDs at Leinster House today.

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Pro-life SF TDs to face suspension for six months

Sinn Féin could suspend pro-life TDs for six months if they refuse to vote in favour of unrestricted access to abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy should Sinn Féin support the policy.

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Anti-abortion campaign to show image of 11-week-old foetus

A national anti-abortion billboard campaign featuring an image of an 11-week-old foetus in the womb has been launched by the Iona Institute.

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Reader's Blog: Biased coverage of Eighth

I would like to condemn the biased reporting of your newspaper with regard to the government-proposed repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

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One doctor reveals why she will be voting 'No' on proposed changes to law on abortion

GPs are not equipped to cope with what’s proposed on abortion, writes Dr Máire Neasta Nic Gearailt.

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Iona Institute launches new billboard campaign to promote right to life of unborn child

The pro-life Iona Institute has launched a new national billboard campaign to promote the right to life of the unborn child.

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We will not be silenced in 8th Amendment debate: Parents of children with Down Syndrome

A group representing parents of children with Down Syndrome have said they will not be silenced in the 8th Amendment debate.

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No more room for ambiguity on values

A society less comfortable with moral ambiguities, convenient fictions or, as they are often called, Irish solutions to Irish problems, might be more uneasy about the gap between what we pretend to be and what we are.

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Reader's Blog: It’s in all of our best interests to start trusting women

I wish to join the pantheon of elderly men writing overblown and self-important letters to The Paper, telling women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.

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Emigrants urged to return home to vote in abortion referendum

An estimated 40,000 Irish people living abroad are eligible to vote in a planned referendum on abortion.

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‘The HSE does not take a position on abortion’

The HSE as an organisation does not take a position on abortion, says director general Tony O’Brien.

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75% of doctors support 12-week access to abortion

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Latest: TD blasts HSE’s ‘totally inadequate’ response to psychiatrist lobbying on abortion

latest: The HSE's response to an employee lobbying on abortion using company branded letters has been slammed as “totally inadequate”.

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Pro Life campaign “disappointed” state opposed their application to be heard in unborn-child's rights case

Latest: The Pro Life Campaign has expressed disappointment that its application to be added as an amicus curiae in a Supreme Court case dealing with the rights of unborn children in the Constitution has been denied.

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Taoiseach warns of ‘re-victimising women’ if proposed abortion legislation is changed

Leo Varadkar has suggested legislating just for cases of rape and incest wouldn't go far enough.

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Few TDs offer alternative to 12th-week proposal

Just five of the 54 TDs opposing unrestricted access to abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy, regardless of future changes, have an alternative to the potential new law if the referendum is passed.

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Marie Stopes deny claim they are seeking to provide services in Dublin

A UK-based clinic which offers abortion services for women has denied a claim they are to set up operations in Dublin.

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GPs: For Minister to say we should lead abortion service without consultation is 'an affront to our profession'

The country's biggest organisation representing GPs says it is "outraged" at the lack of consultation over proposals to deliver abortion services, if the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

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Pro Life Campaign applies to be heard in Supreme Court in appeal on rights of unborn

The Pro Life Campaign will apply to the Supreme Court tomorrow to allow it to be heard in the forthcoming appeal concerning the extent of the rights of the unborn.

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Thank you, Leo, for prioritising women

Thank you, Leo Varadkar. Thank you for acknowledging that abortion has always existed in Ireland.

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Campaign group dub Green Party councillors attempt to censor Savethe8th billboard as “shameful”

Former Green Party TD and party councillor Ciarán Cuffe has been criticised for what the Savethe8th campaign had dubbed as a shameful attempt at censorship.

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Bishop’s abortion claims rejected

The chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee has hit out at the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore for his “utterly untrue” comments on abortion.

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Simon Coveney backs repeal but not the granting of access to abortion for up to 12 weeks

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said he does not believe that maintaining the status quo on the 8th Amendment is the right thing to do but will not “at any point in time” support unrestricted access to abortion.

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Humphreys says she is supporting repeal of Eighth Amendment

Business Minister Heather Humphreys says she is supporting the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

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Context can be lost when it comes to debating Eighth Amendment

My mother had me at 42 and I was only born because she was morally opposed to abortion, writes Victoria White.

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We’re at a fork in the road - The Eighth Amendment

The decision at Monday evening’s cabinet meeting to hold a referendum on whether the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution should stand or not gives the people of Ireland a fourth opportunity to vote on the deeply divisive, polarising issue of abortion in 35 years.

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Hurdles to cross before vote date

Last night’s Cabinet decision to formally agree to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment marks the latest stage in deciding its future.

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What would radically change events is defeat at the polls

The stakes could not be higher for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, writes Gerard Howlin.

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Examining what has been decided on Eighth Amendment

The Department of Health has summarised the attorney general’s advice on the proposed referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, writes David Young.

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Govt publishes summary of Attorney General advice on Eighth Amendment referendum

The Government has published a summary of the legal advice it got on the Eighth Amendment referendum.

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Disrespectful or personalised attacks have no place during referendum debate: Taoiseach

Latest: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged politicians not to become embroiled in disrespectful or personalised attacks during the referendum on liberalising restrictive abortion laws.

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8th Amendment: Parents of Down Syndrome children pledge not to be silenced at campaign launch

Latest: Parents of children with Down Syndrome say they "won't be silenced" when it comes to the abortion debate.

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The 8th Amendment: What we will be voting for and how we get there

Last night’s Cabinet decision to formally agree to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment marks the latest stage in deciding the amendment's future in our constitution.

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Cabinet clears way for vote on abortion

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and other ministers expressed deep concerns as to the proposed legalising of abortions up to the 12th week of pregnancy during a four-hour Cabinet meeting.

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Cabinet clear way for vote; Coveney ‘cannot support unrestricted access to abortion’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told cabinet colleagues he cannot support unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks pregnancy if the Eighth Amendment is removed, widening a ministerial split on the issue.

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Pro Life Campaign says Government's 8th Amendment plan 'a sad and serious moment for our country'

LATEST: The Pro Life Campaign has deemed tonight’s announcement from the Government on the Eighth Amendment "as bad as anyone could have envisaged".

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Plan to allow Oireachtas to decide abortion legislation

A referendum proposal, repealing the Eighth Amendment which prohibits abortion, and instead allowing the Oireachtas to decide future laws, is expected to be agreed at Cabinet.

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Simon Harris set to back ‘enabling’ clause on abortion

Simon Harris is to formally seek approval for a referendum as a poll shows majority back repealing the Eighth Amendment, writes Daniel McConnell.

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Barry Cowen says decision to back repeal of Eighth Amendment was ‘agonising and difficult’

Leading Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has said his decision to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment and access to abortion up to 12 weeks was “agonising and difficult”.

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Abortion debate is far from over as it now spreads into normal life

Abortion is not as black and white as people might portray it, and ‘there is a lot of grey’ in this profound, complex moral issue, writes Alison O’Connor.

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Minister Katherine Zappone: Repeal and replace Eighth Amendment with clause

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has suggested the Eighth Amendment be repealed and replaced in the Constitution with a clause allowing the Oireachtas to regulate abortion.

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FF leader faces criticism from party TDs over speech on repealing Eighth Amendment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin faced criticism from a number of his own TDs over his speech in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment last week.

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Cabinet to discuss abortion question and laws next week

The Cabinet will next week discuss the thrust of the abortion referendum question and what specific legislation could follow any yes vote.

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Government ponders additional clause for referendum

The Government has yet to receive legal advice on the wording of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and are still mulling over whether an additional clause will be added.

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