Politicians and campaigners have strongly condemned a protest group for targeting Simon Harris at his family home as the health minister faces ongoing demands to resign over the deepening children’s hospital and nurses strike scandals.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has described as “ridiculous” the defence given by Communications Minister Denis Naughten, who had said his call with a lobbyist for Independent News and Media (INM) was “personal”.
Independent senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh will decide whether to run for the presidency after the Eighth Amendment referendum. He has been offered financial aid for a campaign that could cost half a million euro.
The broadcasting watchdog has said presenters can provide fair and objective views during the Eighth Amendment referendum campaign as opposed to having to ensure there is even time for each side in the debate.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has backed plans to allow abortions in fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest cases but has stopped short of fully backing the Oireachtas abortion committee’s recommendations until he reviews them over the Christmas break.
Health Minister Simon Harris has backed calls for the Oireachtas abortion committee's findings to be used as the template for next year's eighth amendment referendum despite claims substantial changes could be made before a vote.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and two of his most senior Government colleagues have questioned whether the eighth amendment referendum will be passed if it allows unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy,