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# Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill

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# Analysis
Is Fianna Fáil really completely opposed to abortion?
Analysis: Micheál Martin has said Fianna Fáil “are not going there” on the 8th Amendment.
# Comeback Kid
Peadar Tóibín returning to Sinn Féin after six-month suspension
The Meath West deputy expects to be back in the party by the end of the month.
# Dáil Bar
Dáil bar is exempt from holding a licence and its operation will not change
In a letter to Gerry Adams TD, the Oireachtas Joint sub-Committee on Administration said that the bar ‘operates on the basis of parliamentary privilege’.
# Debate
BAI upholds complaint about abortion coverage on RTÉ's Morning Edition
The upheld complaint alleged that the presenter did not adequately challenge remarks put forward by a contributor.
# Peadar Tóibín
Peadar Tóibín: Fianna Fáil approached me, but I want to rejoin Sinn Féin
The Meath West TD is suspended from Sinn Féin after voting against the abortion bill but he insists he wants to rejoin the party in January.
# Old friends
Minister Paschal Donohoe hopes for route back to FG for TDs who left party
Donohoe replaced Lucinda Creighton as Minister of State for EU Affairs.
# Catholic Church
FG TD who was told not to help with communion insists he's 'very much pro-life'
Derek Keating has been told not to fulfil his duties as a minister of the Eucharist at St Mary’s Parish in Lucan in the wake of his support for the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill last July.
# Abortion
Chief Whip has no regrets over 5am Dáil sitting, says FG could have lost 10 TDs
Paul Kehoe has dismissed suggestions that Fine Gael faced losing up to 25 TDs over the abortion bill and has criticised the repetition by TDs during the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.
Column: We are entitled to demand our TDs are sober while voting on legislation
Our TDs debate and vote on different, vitally important issues every day. We as taxpayers are entitled to expect them to do so without being under the influence of alcohol, writes Cora Sherlock.
# Abortion
TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest'
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church was responding to a report at the weekend that TDs were being warned off seeking Communion by their priests.
# Dáil Bar
Politicians' places of work: what happens around the world?
TDs and senators may have spent six figures in Leinster House bars last year, but how do their perks compare with those of their international counterparts?
# Oireachtas Bars
Pints, wine and scones: Nearly €7k spent in Dáil bars during late night abortion debate
The amount spent on pints of lager and Guinness as well as Snack bars and Club Milks as TDs debated the landmark abortion legislation is laid bare in documents obtained and published today by
# Oireachtas Bars
Oireachtas bars turned over €300,000 last year
The Oireachtas bars do not “come under the same regulations as public bars”, a Freedom of Information request has confirmed.
# Abortion
Labour TD 'felt very sore' after secret recording of his views on abortion
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin was one of two Labour TDs whose views on abortion were secretly recorded and published in a Sunday newspaper earlier this year.
# Abortion
President signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law
The move came after the President convened a meeting of the Council of State to discuss the bill yesterday.
# Council of State
Tánaiste will swear oath ‘in the presence of Almighty God’ despite being agnostic
Eamon Gilmore will take the oath required of all members of the Council of State today despite being agnostic and lobbying from Atheist Ireland.
# Abortion
Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?
The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. explains what it’s all about…
# Article 26
President Higgins to convene Council of State over abortion bill
Áras an Uachtaráin has said that a meeting will be held next Monday where members of the Council and the President will consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# foetal abnormality
More abortion legislation? Not from this government, says Shatter
The Justice Minister said it was a “great cruelty” that women could not seek a termination in cases of rape.
# Abortion
Over to you Mr President: Seanad passes abortion bill
The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has passed all stages of the Oireachtas and now goes to President Michael D Higgins.
# Abortion Debate
'Disgusting and insensitive': Fianna Fáil senators condemn... Fianna Fáil senators
Meanwhile, the Seanad has passed committee stage of the abortion bill by 33 votes to 14 meaning it moves to its final stages next week.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas Agenda: The state of the roads and young offenders
What’s on Leinster House today? Well, as you asked…
# pope francis
Pope urges Irish Catholics to 'recognise the inestimable value of all human life'
The Pope was speaking ahead of the Catholic Church’s annual ‘Day For Life’.
# Abortion vote
Here's how the Seanad voted on the abortion legislation
The bill has passed second stage in the upper house and now moves on to committee stage.
# Abortion
Fianna Fáil senator: 'I oppose this legislation because it is anti-women'
Jim Walsh was among those to contribute to the continuing debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill this afternoon.
# Abortion
Two senators hope to bring amendments on fatal foetal abnormalities
Senators are currently outlining their thoughts on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 in the Seanad.
# Abortion
LIVE: The Seanad debates the abortion legislation
The bill passed the Dáil last week but senators will seek to amend it forcing its return to the Dáil over the next few days. Watch proceedings live here.
# Abortion
The Seanad will spend most of this week debating the abortion legislation
… and some of next week too.
# De-selected
Lucinda Creighton is unlikely to be chosen as a Fine Gael candidate again
Meanwhile Peadar Tóibín’s suspension from Sinn Féin for six months means he is banned from attending all party events.
# revealed
Some TDs drank during abortion debate... and 'one or two were a bit wobbly'
TDs have denied there was a “mad drunken session” as the Dáil debated the abortion bill on Wednesday and Thursday but questions have arisen out of the lapgate incident and the Dáil bar being open until 5am.
# Abortion
Abortion bill passes final Dáil vote
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has passed the final stage of the Dáil this evening, after two day of heated debates.
# Abortion
Debate on abortion bill adjourned at 5am
The bill was due to be voted on last night – but debate concluded after a decision had been made on a number of amendments.
# Abortion
D-day for Creighton as Dáil to vote on abortion legislation
Fine Gael looks likely to lose the European Affairs minister when the Dáil debates and votes on amendments to the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill today but other wavering TDs could now support the new law.
# Your Say
Poll: Should TDs who vote against their party face expulsion?
If the junior minister votes against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill she will lose the Fine Gael party whip.
# Abortion
Thousands take to Dublin streets over proposed abortion legislation
Gardaí say approximately 35,000 people took to the streets today in opposition to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
# tfmr
TDs vote against extending abortion bill to include fatal foetal abnormalities
The amendment tabled by WUAG TD Seamus Healy was defeated at committee stage tonight.
# Sinn Féin
Pearse Doherty: I don't have any personal desire to lead Sinn Féin
The Sinn Féin spokesperson has been tipped as a future leader of the party but would not go for the leadership if Gerry Adams was to resign in the near future, he said this week.
# Article 27
Keaveney: 'A lot of TDs are curious about a referendum on the abortion law'
The former Labour chairman, Colm Keaveney, continues to indicate that TDs and Senators could force a referendum on the abortion legislation, using a little-known provision of the Constitution to petition the President.
# Abortion
Abortion Rights Campaign says it cannot support the abortion bill
The campaign group has said that the legislation does not satisfy a European court ruling which called on Ireland to clarify its abortion laws.