abortion legislation


    The Health Minister says he expects legislation to allow for abortion in Ireland to pass through the Dail tonight.

    Debate on the bill resumed  this afternoon and looks likely to continue for up to seven hours.

    It's expected the legislation will then move on to the Seanad tomorrow or early next week.

    Minister Simon Harris says he's confident services will be available in next month.




  • The Dáil will debate proposed new laws on abortion for the first time later.

    Health Minister Simon Harris got cabinet approval for the legislation last week.

    He remains confident doctors will be able to carry out abortions from the start of next year, despite concern from practitioners about whether they'll be ready in time.

    Last night the government announced Dr Peter Boylan will be working with the HSE to lay the groundwork for the new service.


  • The Health Minister says the passing of the abortion legislation is a "significant step" towards a "new era for Irish women".

    The legislation passed by 90 votes to 15 in the Dail last night with 12 abstentions - and now goes to the Seanad for final approval.

    The government's hopeful that can happen next week so termination services can begin in January.

    Medical guidelines for doctors are now being prepared - but Health Minister Simon Harris says it's important no woman is turned away by a GP.


    The Health Minister's legislation on abortion could be passed in the new Dail term in September.

    Sinn Fein says it'll be ready for discussion in the Dail on the 11th of July, after Simon Harris met opposition spokespeople for health last night.

    He has briefed them in relation to the passage of the legislation to give effect to the Yes vote in the abortion referendum last weekend.

    Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Health Louise O'Reilly says she wants action taken quickly.