8th Amendment

The Taoiseach has suggested that legislation brought in after a repeal of the Eighth Amendment could be unconstitutional.

Repealing Eighth ‘may not be enough to guarantee abortion without restriction’

Latest: The Taoiseach says repealing the Eighth Amendment might not be enough to guarantee abortion without restriction. 

Survey finds urban-rural divide among TDs over abortion

A new survey shows there is an urban-rural divide when it comes to TDs' views on abortion.

Update: Number of Fine Gael TDs express concern about proposed new abortion laws

A number of Fine Gael TDs have expressed their concern about proposed new abortion laws, including Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Fine Gael to discuss abortion issue

Fine Gael TDs and Senators will debate the issue of abortion this afternoon.

Cabinet bids to reach abortion decision

The Cabinet next week will try to reach a collective decision on whether or not abortion should be allowed unrestricted up to 12 weeks for pregnancies.

World is watching to see what happens next on abortion issue

‘Legalise all abortions, without restriction, for unborn babies up to 12 weeks.

‘All.

‘Not a few, not some, not most.

‘All.

‘No matter what the circumstances.

Michael Creed undecided on repeal stance

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has said he supports the plan for a referendum on abortion but has yet to make up his mind on recommendations to liberalise the law on terminations.

Cabinet bids to reach abortion decision

The Cabinet next week will try to reach a collective decision on whether or not abortion should be allowed unrestricted up to 12 weeks for pregnancies.

Fianna Fáil TD claims Down Syndrome abortions will increase

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan has claimed that more pregnancies involving Down Syndrome and disability diagnoses will be terminated if abortion is allowed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Bruton

Bruton admits Cabinet divided on 12 week abortion access plan

Education Minister Richard Bruton has admitted the Cabinet is divided on plans to potentially allow unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, saying ministers’ views “reflect the people at large”.

Fianna Fáil TD's have mixed views on abortion referendum

Most of Fianna Fáil’s frontbench are opposed to allowing unrestricted access to abortion for pregnancies up to 12 weeks or have concerns about liberalising the laws to that extent.

Inside the Cabinet room: Who said what on abortion row

Shortly before 10am yesterday morning, ministers gathered in the Cabinet room in Government buildings for their first meeting of the new year.

Here's where the politicians stand on Eighth Amendment

While the recommendations to repeal the Eighth Amendment and to allow unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy will be put to politicians next week, it remains unclear if they will back the plans.

Inside the Cabinet room: Who said what on abortion row

Shortly before 10am yesterday morning, ministers gathered in the Cabinet room in Government buildings for their first meeting of the new year.

Cabinet split emerges over unease at 12-week abortion access

Allowing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy may be “a step too far” and goes “further than many would have anticipated”, said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Latest: Taoiseach accused of being 'out of touch' following comments on abortion recommendation

Latest: The Taoiseach is being accused of being out of touch, after he suggested that proposed new abortion laws may go too far.

Latest: I support repeal of 8th Amendment, says Justice Minister

LATEST: Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said today that he supports repealing the 8th Amendment.

Majority of Cabinet wants to repeal Eighth Amendment

The majority of Cabinet members want to repeal the Eighth Amendment and allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Majority of Cabinet supports repeal of Eighth Amendment

More than half the Cabinet now supports repealing the Eighth Amendment and allowing unlimited abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Cabinet faces deep divisions as abortion tops meeting agenda

This morning, the Cabinet will meet for the first time since the Christmas break, and at the top of the agenda is abortion, writes Daniel McConnell.

Paschal Donohoe supports recommendations on 8th Amendment, but his junior minister disagrees

Minister Paschal Donohoe says he is in favour of allowing abortion without restriction for the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

Shane Ross undecided on Eighth amendment position

Shane Ross says he has not decided what position he will support when the cabinet debates abortion this week.

Cabinet concern at allowing abortion up to 12 weeks

There are concerns in the Cabinet about allowing abortion up to 12 weeks, as recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

Repeal of 8th amendment will leave unborn children defenceless, says Archbishop

The Catholic Primate of All Ireland’s addressed the issue of a possible referendum on the 8th amendment to the constitution.

Reform of the deeply flawed 1983 amendment a tall order for Simon Harris

AT THE 1982 Fine Gael ard fheis, hard-line conservative TD Alice Glenn praised her party leader’s support for a pro-life, anti-abortion referendum, should the party be elected into office later that year.

Campaign calls for case for compassion

The committee on the Eighth Amendment went much further than some of its members or most
observers would ever have thought possible, writes Michael Clifford

Katherine Zappone: Straight ‘repeal or not’ question must be put to voters

The Government cannot be allowed to “back-slide” on the historic Oireachtas abortion committee recommendations and must put a straight repeal-or-not question to voters in the planned summer referendum.

Fine Gael TD hopes abortion referendum will be held in May

A Fine Gael TD hopes the referendum on abortion will be held by May.

US group denies Sipo claims that funding for abortion campaign was political

The US foundation which awarded funding to Amnesty Ireland for its campaign against Ireland’s abortion laws has taken issue with the State ethics watchdog’s claims that it had said the money was for “political purposes”.

Readers blog: ’A woman’s right to choose’ is permeated with falsity

Falsity suffuses the “choice” crusade. “A woman’s right to choose” is permeated with falsity. Falsity has saturated the campaign for repeal of the 8th Amendment, in whatever guise it evasively is presented, including the proceedings of both Citizens’ Assembly and Oireachtas Committee.

‘Eighth Amendment committee victim of tragic group think’, say rebel members

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment fell victim to a tragic “group think” in recommending the legalising of abortion for up to 12 weeks, three rebel members railed yesterday.

What's next after Eighth Amendment report is published?

While the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has published its report with a series of recommendations, many steps still need to be taken before the question of removing the article from the Constitution can be put to the people.

Government deliberates on abortion recommendations

The Government is to consider an Oireachtas report recommending a referendum be held to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws and allow for terminations for pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

Eighth Amendment: We’ve come a long way since 1983, but the journey continues

It is only right the people will have their say shortly, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

Latest: Committee never explored lives saved by Eighth Amendment, say Pro-Life campaign

Latest: The Pro Life Campaign have slammed the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment for presenting their report and recommendations "as though they exhaustively and thoroughly examined the Eighth Amendment".

Abortion legislation report to be published

The Cabinet is likely to approve the legalisation of abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy in the new year, in line with the report of the committee of the Eighth Amendment.

Pro-life members of Committee on Eighth Amendment to launch 'minority report' tomorrow

Three members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will launch a minority report tomorrow in which they present their assessment of the work and conclusions of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

Brendan Howlin calls for all-party approach on abortion referendum bill

Latest: Labour party leader Brendan Howlin has called for an all-party approach in the Oireachtas on the passage of the abortion referendum bill.

Cabinet to be briefed on timeline for Abortion referendum

The Heath Minister will brief the cabinet this morning on timelines needed to have an abortion referendum in the middle of next year.

Taoiseach: Cabinet ministers allowed to 'dissent' on abortion referendum

Cabinet ministers will be allowed to "dissent" from supporting the upcoming referendum on abortion, the Taoiseach has said.

Politicians called on to campaign as little as possible on abortion referendum

There are calls for politicians to do as little campaigning as possible on the forthcoming abortion referendum.

Readers Blog: Dublin City Councillors welcome 8th committee vote

As a group of Dublin City Councillors, we are acutely aware of how the Eighth Amendment, and Ireland’s restrictive abortion legislation, has impacted on the lives of women across our city.

Taoiseach: My position on abortion 'has evolved over time'

The Taoiseach has said his view on abortion has 'evolved over time'.

Pro-life TDs quit Eighth Amendment committee in protest

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has formally signed off on its landmark recommendations to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, despite three members quitting the group and confirming that they will publish their own unofficial report next week.

Parliaments vote to test status quo - Two seismic political changes

IT is not uncommon to overestimate the heft of contemporary events.

Pro-life committee members say 'flawed process' arrived at 'cruel and unjust recommendations'

Three pro-life members of the committee on the 8th amendment say they will issue their own report on the process.

Latest: Health Minister to begin work on wording of potential legislation on abortion

The public are being warned that there is still a long road ahead before we see a referendum on abortion.

Oireachtas Committee votes to end constitutional restriction on abortion

Politicians have voted to end the constitutional restriction on abortion and give women access to the procedure up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Abortion vote: 'Important step in fight for women's rights’ - Amnesty; 'A tragic drift backwards for society' - PLC

Here's all the reaction to the recommendations of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution as we get it.