Wednesday 22 May, 2013 12:38:21The Minister for Health James Reilly has raised the prospect of extending the Dáil term to deal with the new abortion legislation.
Friday 17 May, 2013 11:44:10By 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.
Friday 17 May, 2013 09:13:35The 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.
Friday 17 May, 2013 07:00:32The masters of two major maternity hospitals will give evidence today before a parliamentary hearing on proposed changes to abortion legislation.
Tuesday 07 May, 2013 13:16:31Ireland’s newest and youngest Catholic bishop has used his appointment to weigh into the abortion controversy.
Tuesday 07 May, 2013 10:01:17Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he expects amendments to the abortion legislation will be discussed as the Bill passes through the Oireachtas.
Monday 06 May, 2013 09:03:39Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan has said that party members who oppose abortion legislation will be able to seek amendments.
Sunday 05 May, 2013 10:21:32Fine 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.
Saturday 04 May, 2013 17:58:35A senior Catholic cleric has told a vigil for expectant mothers that abortion can never be justified.
Saturday 04 May, 2013 10:19:08The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference is seeking legal advice on the proposed abortion legislation.
Friday 03 May, 2013 22:10:27The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has signalled a possible legal challenge to proposed abortion legislation unless it is changed.
Friday 03 May, 2013 14:30:11Cardinal Sean Brady has said that enforcing the proposed abortion legislation across all hospitals could lead to potential legal action against the reforms.
Friday 03 May, 2013 13:48:20Catholic bishops have branded proposed changes to Ireland’s strict abortion regime as dramatic and morally unacceptable.
Thursday 02 May, 2013 18:11:06Fianna Fáil is putting off a decision on whether to support the Government's proposed legislation on abortion.
Thursday 02 May, 2013 10:37:17The Minister for Health James Reilly has said there is no question of a free vote for TDs on the new abortion legislation.
Thursday 02 May, 2013 07:02:05The Fine Gael Chairman, Charlie Flanagan, has said he hopes the reservations of some TDs and Senators over the draft abortion legislation will be addressed.
Wednesday 01 May, 2013 16:11:13Opposition parties are giving a cautious welcome to the draft legislation on abortion.
Wednesday 01 May, 2013 12:28:08The 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.
Wednesday 01 May, 2013 10:34:09Taoiseach Enda Kenny has attempted to quell fallout over contentious changes to abortion rules by claiming that law on the procedure is not being changed.
Wednesday 01 May, 2013 09:05:48Taoiseach 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.
Wednesday 01 May, 2013 07:11:42The Government is bracing itself for fallout over contentious new abortion laws to deal with the issue of a woman who is pregnant and suicidal.
Tuesday 30 April, 2013 14:53:01Ministers have yet to agree on draft abortion legislation.
Tuesday 30 April, 2013 14:21:07The 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.
Tuesday 30 April, 2013 09:03:28Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Government intends to approve new abortion legislation at today's Cabinet meeting.
Monday 29 April, 2013 14:25:46The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed.
Monday 29 April, 2013 14:04:31Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has said that the Coalition will reach a decision on abortion legislation tomorrow.
Sunday 28 April, 2013 12:31:35The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte says legislating for the X-case is as liberal as Ireland is going to get.
Sunday 28 April, 2013 11:33:04As 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.
Thursday 25 April, 2013 20:53:44Taoiseach Enda Kenny is insisting vowing that abortion legislation to be enacted here will be in line with the X case.
Thursday 25 April, 2013 15:47:13Ireland’s abortion regime will continue to be restrictive despite allowing for terminations when a woman is suicidal, Junior Health Minister Alex White has said.
Thursday 25 April, 2013 11:48:38Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has denied that a final draft of abortion legislation has been circulated to Ministers.
Tuesday 23 April, 2013 14:08:02A meeting of the cabinet has concluded without any agreement on abortion legislation.
Tuesday 23 April, 2013 11:57:41A senior Fianna Fáil frontbench member admits there is division in the party over its position on abortion legislation.
Tuesday 23 April, 2013 09:31:01The 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.
Tuesday 23 April, 2013 07:25:09The cabinet will today discuss the first draft of legislation aimed at introducing abortion in limited circumstances.
Monday 22 April, 2013 15:28:56The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he is 'hopeful' that planned abortion legislation will be ready by July.
Monday 22 April, 2013 11:50:50Health 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.
Monday 22 April, 2013 10:49:11A 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.
Monday 22 April, 2013 10:30:35The Labour Party leader has said that the Government intends to keep to its deadline of having legislation on abortion ready by the summer recess.
Monday 22 April, 2013 09:18:21The Master of the National Maternity Hospital has said that two obstetricians and two expert psychiartists would give a reasonable opinion on whether or not a pregnant woman is at risk of suicide.
Saturday 20 April, 2013 13:12:27The first draft of new abortion legislation will be brought to government in the next week.
Saturday 20 April, 2013 10:43:15A pro-choice group is urging the Medical Council to act quickly to implement the recommendations of the inquest into Savita Halappanavar.
Sunday 07 April, 2013 09:52:22The Government has pledged to publish new abortion laws in July.
Friday 08 March, 2013 17:27:53The government is to draw up new abortion legislation next month, with a view to having new laws in place by the end of July.
Thursday 21 February, 2013 18:09:46More than six out of 10 people support current medical practice to treat an expectant mother and her unborn baby as equals, a survey has found.
Monday 04 February, 2013 16:46:22Health Minister James Reilly admits coalition tensions remain - even within the two individual parties - on the issue of abortion.
Thursday 31 January, 2013 16:22:40New laws reforming the limited ban on abortion could be in place by the summer, Health Minister Dr James Reilly has revealed.
Monday 21 January, 2013 13:05:52Senator Ronan Mullen has said the Taoiseach is "rattled" by the turnout at an anti-abortion rally in Dublin on Saturday.
Sunday 13 January, 2013 13:07:03Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has said she is 95% ready to give her support to legislation on abortion.
Thursday 10 January, 2013 15:47:16The Government is being told that criminalising women on the issue of abortion will not save lives.