Footage reveals cracks in Scottish nuclear reactor

A planned inspection of the graphite bricks at Hunterston B in North Ayrshire last March uncovered new ‘keyway root cracks’.

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Newry nuclear dump a possibility: Renewables are the best option

Irrespective of what kind of a border Brexit fathers, be it a Donald Trump stop-’em-all wall or an arrangement satisfied by one of John McGahern’s patrols of the imagination, the report that the borderland town of Newry is one of 45 sites being considered as a place to dispose of the United Kingdom’s nuclear waste will stir a predictable response.

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Hospital launches investigation into leak of abortion information

The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street in Dublin has launched an investigation into how details of a woman's termination at the facility were leaked to the media.

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Taoiseach: I cannot pick and choose when it comes to Constitution

The Taoiseach said today that he cannot pick and choose what portions of the constitution to uphold when it comes to the abortion legislation.

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Gilmore: Days of church control are over

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that the days when one church "determined the boundaries of women's lives" are over.

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Creighton: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 'should aspire to do just that'

Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton has said that a change to the abortion laws clarifying the term limit for a termination in suicide cases is a necessary minimum.

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No free vote on abortion legislation

The Government's abortion legislation will take a first step towards becoming law when it is introduced in the Dáil today.

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Walsh: Around 10 Fine Gael TDs will vote against abortion Bill

About 10 Fine Gael TDs and Senators will vote against the new abortion legislation, a member of the party has claimed.

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James Reilly's family sent arson attack threats over abortion legislation

The Minister for Health James Reilly says threats to burn him and his family out of their home have gone much further than they should have.

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Adams: SF TDs must toe party line on abortion bill

Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams has warned that TDs who vote against his party's position supporting abortion legislation will be "subject to party discipline" for a "serious breach" of party rules.

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Taoiseach: Abortion legislation 'very specific'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted new abortion laws do not clear the way for near full-term pregnancies to be terminated.

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We have received death threats, says Pro-Life Campaign spokesperson

A spokesperson for the Pro-Life Campaign has claimed today that the organisation has received death threats.

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Majority want Government to go further with abortion legislation

A large majority of people support the Government going further than planned in its abortion legislation, according to a new opinion poll.

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Coveney encourages people to look at fine print of abortion legislation

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that the new abortion legislation is about bringing legal clarity and putting restrictions and regulations in place in Irish law to protect both a mother and an unborn child.

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No agreement reached on abortion legislation

The Cabinet has yet to reach agreement on proposed abortion laws.

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Cabinet meets to finalise abortion legislation

The Cabinet meets this morning in a bid to finalise the legislation on abortion.

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Bishops: People are being misled in abortion debate

Ireland's Catholic bishops have claimed people are being misled in the debate over planned abortion law reform.

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Thousands attend Dublin anti-abortion rally

Thousands of anti-abortion campaigners took to the streets of Dublin urging the Government to scrap its plans for new abortion laws.

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Government praised for progress on abortion legislation

The Irish Government has been praised by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers for its progress on enacting abortion legislation.

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O'Fearghail says he would resign rather than vote in favour of abortion legislation

The Fianna Fáil Chief Whip said that he made it clear to Micháel Martin that he was prepared to resign from the party if forced to vote in favour of the draft abortion legislation.

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Martin to give free vote to party on abortion legislation

The Fianna Fáil leader said that he is giving a free vote on the forthcoming abortion legislation because he did want to lose people.

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Kenny remains tight-lipped on comment by Vatican official

The Taoiseach said that he has "no comment to make" after a senior Vatican official said any member of the Oireachtas describing themselves as a Catholic should resign rather than support the legislation.

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Minister open to extending Dáil term to complete abortion legislation

The Minister for Health James Reilly has raised the prospect of extending the Dáil term to deal with the new abortion legislation.

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Reilly under fire for not taking questions on abortion legislation

By Mary Regan, Political correspondent
Health Minister, James Reilly, has come under criticism from Fine Gael backbenchers for not being available to take questions on draft abortion laws at this morning's meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee.

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Proposed abortion legislation creates 'moral and ethical dilemma for doctors'

The Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, has said the inclusion of suicide in the new abortion legislation poses a "moral dilemma" for doctors.

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Medical experts to appear before hearing on abortion legislation

The masters of two major maternity hospitals will give evidence today before a parliamentary hearing on proposed changes to abortion legislation.

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Ireland’s newest bishop intervenes in abortion row

Ireland’s newest and youngest Catholic bishop has used his appointment to weigh into the abortion controversy.

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Gilmore expects amendments to abortion Bill

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he expects amendments to the abortion legislation will be discussed as the Bill passes through the Oireachtas.

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Flanagan: Abortion bill will not be 'rubber-stamped'

Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan has said that party members who oppose abortion legislation will be able to seek amendments.

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Government backbenchers want option to repeal Abortion Bill

Fine Gael backbenchers who disagree with the draft abortion legislation say they want to be able to repeal the law if the number of terminations increases significantly.

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Catholic Pimate Cardinal Seán Brady was the chief celebrant at a mass where expectant mothers were blessed.

Pro-life supporters attend Knock vigil

A senior Catholic cleric has told a vigil for expectant mothers that abortion can never be justified.

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Bishops seeking legal advise on abortion legislation

The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference is seeking legal advice on the proposed abortion legislation.

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Bishops: Abortion laws 'a breach of the principle of religious freedom'

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has signalled a possible legal challenge to proposed abortion legislation unless it is changed.

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Cardinal: Enforcing abortion legislation 'a denial of religious freedom'

Cardinal Sean Brady has said that enforcing the proposed abortion legislation across all hospitals could lead to potential legal action against the reforms.

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Bishops: Abortion Bill 'would make intentional killing of unborn children lawful'

Catholic bishops have branded proposed changes to Ireland’s strict abortion regime as dramatic and morally unacceptable.

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No FF position on abortion Bill after four-hour meeting

Fianna Fáil is putting off a decision on whether to support the Government's proposed legislation on abortion.

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Reilly: No 'free vote' on proposed abortion legislation

The Minister for Health James Reilly has said there is no question of a free vote for TDs on the new abortion legislation.

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Flanagan: Abortion legislation meeting 'constructive'

The Fine Gael Chairman, Charlie Flanagan, has said he hopes the reservations of some TDs and Senators over the draft abortion legislation will be addressed.

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FG Senator 'going to work everyday' to get changes to abortion Bill

Opposition parties are giving a cautious welcome to the draft legislation on abortion.

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Kenny: No intent of opening country to 'abortion on demand'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is insisting there is no question of introducing abortion on demand in Ireland, while the Abortion Rights Campaign has claimed that the legislation will force women to travel outside the country for an abortion.

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The Govt has been under pressure for reform following the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar. Picture: The Irish Times

'No change' in abortion law

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has attempted to quell fallout over contentious changes to abortion rules by claiming that law on the procedure is not being changed.

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Kenny: Abortion law 'provides certainty'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said contentious new abortion laws to deal with the issue of a pregnant and suicidal woman are about providing certainty to women and doctors.

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Protestors from various trade unions in Dublin pictured outside Leinsters House on April 22, calling on Government to legislate for the X case.  Picture: PA

Govt braced for tough debate on draft abortion laws

The Government is bracing itself for fallout over contentious new abortion laws to deal with the issue of a woman who is pregnant and suicidal.

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No agreement yet on abortion legislation draft

Ministers have yet to agree on draft abortion legislation.

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Creighton has 'no issue' coming down on own moral judgement

The Fine Gael Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton has said she will act in accordance with her own moral judgment when deciding whether to support new legislation on abortion.

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Taoiseach: Abortion Bill about saving lives not party politics

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Government intends to approve new abortion legislation at today's Cabinet meeting.

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Tánaiste: Government will sign off on abortion legislation tomorrow

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed.

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Minister expects decision on abortion legislation tomorrow

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has said that the Coalition will reach a decision on abortion legislation tomorrow.

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Rabbitte: Abortion legislation 'as liberal as Ireland will get'

The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte says legislating for the X-case is as liberal as Ireland is going to get.

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Twenty Fine Gael TDs and Senators could vote against abortion legislation

As many as twenty Fine Gael TDs and Senators could vote against the proposed new abortion legislation if it allows for terminations where there is a risk of suicide.

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Kenny: Abortion law will abide by X case ruling

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is insisting vowing that abortion legislation to be enacted here will be in line with the X case.

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White: New abortion regime will still be 'very restrictive'

Ireland’s abortion regime will continue to be restrictive despite allowing for terminations when a woman is suicidal, Junior Health Minister Alex White has said.

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Gilmore: 'Very difficult' abortion legislation yet to finalised

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has denied that a final draft of abortion legislation has been circulated to Ministers.

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Cabinet fails to agree on abortion legislation

A meeting of the cabinet has concluded without any agreement on abortion legislation.

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Calleary admits Fianna Fáil is divided

A senior Fianna Fáil frontbench member admits there is division in the party over its position on abortion legislation.

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Kenny wants abortion legislation enacted before summer recess

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will ask the Health Minister James Reilly to give the cabinet a progress report on the abortion legislation today and admitted he would like to see the legislation enacted before the summer.

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Cabinet to discuss first draft of abortion legislation

The cabinet will today discuss the first draft of legislation aimed at introducing abortion in limited circumstances.

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Kenny 'hopeful' abortion legislation will be in place by July

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he is 'hopeful' that planned abortion legislation will be ready by July.

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Reilly: Suicide risk women will not have to meet with six doctors

Health Minister James Reilly has said that no pregnant woman who is having suicidal thoughts will be forced to meet with six doctors before being allowed to have an abortion.

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Savita Halappanavar: Legislation follows her death in a Galway hospital last year (Picture: The Irish Times)

Leading psychiatrist rubbishes 'idiotic' abortion assessment plans

A psychiatric specialist has warned the Government that proposals to force potentially suicidal pregnant women to be assessed by six doctors are idiotic and a sick joke.

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