People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith in the Dail this evening, holding abortion pills This evening. The Dáil is debating the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit bill to repeal the 8th amendment. During the debate, People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith held up abortion bills to highlight the hypocrisy of Ireland’s laws. From Ms Smith’s contribution… […]

Oireachtas Retort has takes  in-depth look at the relationship between legacy media such as RTÉ, and the Catholic hard-right, with a specific eye on marginalisation of women’s voices. It’s a long read at the link below, but worth the prolonged grabbing of tay. An excerpt: When news of the Miss X broke in 1992, An […]

From top: Street protests in the wake of the X case in 1992; Sinéad Kennedy There is widespread and growing support for a more liberal abortion regime in Ireland. Sinéad Kennedy writes The current government has been in office for just over a month and, despite its heartfelt efforts to continue that fine governmental tradition […]

Dr Peter Boylan “There are serious challenges when it comes to things like tubal ligation, IVF services, abortion, gender reassignment surgery, etc. None of these are allowed in Catholic-controlled hospitals around the world and it’s a puzzle as to why the nuns, or religious Sisters of Charity would want to be involved. “I mean I […]

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Oireachtas Retort’s latest podcast: Abortion in Ireland and lack thereof. OR writes: This show begins with Fláiva Simas from Galway Prochoice reading a migrant’s perspective on Savita Halappanavar. A musical interlude from Sissy and then I am joined in conversation with Niamh Puirséil and Máiréad Enright. Topics covered […]

Oireachtas Retort’s new election website is live. From their first despatch… During this past government term Galway merits special distinction for making headlines around the world after Savita Halappanavar, a local dentist, was left to die. When the news broke that November morning I brought coffee to a solitary protester who made a dignified and […]

From top: Pro choice activists take the ‘abortion pill bus’ in September, 2015; Dr Rory Hearne Time to end Ireland’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ hypocrisy on abortion, bring us into the 21st Century and Repeal the 8th Amendment. Dr Rory Hearne writes: Ten women (and some with their partners) will have to take […]

A candlelit vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar (top) and Julien Mercille It’s Monday. It’s 9.41am. It’s Mercille on Monday at 9.41am. Dr Julien Mercille writes: Last week, the Irish government got hammered three times because of the way it mistreats its citizens: by Amnesty International on abortion, by the Rape Crisis Network on funding […]

Emer O’Toole, in The Guardian, writes: “This year, a suicidal teenage victim of rape and torture (Miss Y) was forced to carry her pregnancy to viability and deliver by C-section. And now we have a clinically dead woman being ventilated and fed for the sake of an insentient foetus, while her heartbroken family takes legal […]