Frances Fitzgerald said the proposals would benefit people injured through accidents or medical negligence

Plan for catastrophic injury payments published

27 May Draft legislative proposals to allow for periodic payments to be made to people who have suffered catastrophic injuries have been published by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald.

Gail O'Rorke said no one else should go through what Bernadette Forde went through in the last weeks of her life

Legislating for assisted suicide 'long overdue'

27 May A change in the law to allow for assisted suicide is "a must" and is "long overdue" according to Gail O'Rorke, who was acquitted last month of attempting to assist in the suicide of Bernadette Forde.

Theresa Villiers said different options had to be looked at over implementing the reforms

NI welfare bill could be moved to Westminster

27 May Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has said the ongoing row over welfare reform has forced her to "reluctantly" consider the option of moving the required legislation to Westminster and implementing the reforms over the head of the NI Assembly.

Bobby Aylward shakes hands with Micheál Martin before taking his seat

Aylward takes up seat at Leinster House

26 May Bobby Aylward arrived in Leinster House today on the back of his victory in the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election, but the row over Averil Power's departure from Fianna Fáil continued.

Enda Kenny said that he does not believe the Dáil should be 'rushed'

Kenny: No vote on Eighth Amendment before election

26 May Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that "there are great sensitivities that need to be carefully considered and there will not be a repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the lifetime of this Government".

Frances Fitzgerald said 'The Irish people have chosen decisively to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples'

Marriage Bill to be enacted 'by end of July'

25 May Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said that following the outcome of the same-sex marriage referendum, the Marriage Bill 2015 will be enacted by the end of July.

Averil Power said Fianna Fáil is not fit for government

Averil Power quits Fianna Fáil party

25 May Senator Averil Power has resigned from the Fianna Fáil party, saying Micheál Martin is not an effective leader and the party is not fit for government.

The group of over 50 protesters had gathered outside City Hall ahead of tonight's fortnightly council meeting

Dispute over water charge petition in Cork

25 May Anti-water charge protesters seeking to hand a petition of 15,000 signatures to Cork City Council calling for a boycott of Irish Water have refused to give it to a delegation of councillors after being told the Lord Mayor was unavailable to accept it.

Andrzej Duda with his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda react on the first projections during presidential election night in Warsaw

Conservatives win presidential election in Poland

25 May Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda celebrated victory in yesterday's presidential election against Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government.

Supporters of Spain's anti-austerity parties took to the streets of Madrid last night

Celebrations as Spain's ruling party loses out

25 May Thousands of supporters of Spain's anti-austerity parties took to the streets of Madrid last night as Spain's ruling People's Party took a battering in regional and local elections.

In Madrid supporters of protest grouping Ahora Madrid celebrated as the group tied with Spain's governing Popular Party

Protest parties perform well in Spanish election

24 May Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) has won the local election in the country's capital Madrid but it could lose control of the city council for the first time since 1991, official data with 97% of the votes counted showed.