Abortion on agenda as Dail returns
The Government has reiterated its plan to publish legislation on abortion "in the coming months" – although the legislation doesn't have an official title yet, writes Fionnan Sheahan.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is also working on legislation to hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.
As the Dail returns today, legislation going through it in the coming months will largely be about jobs, political reform and legal affairs.
The Government is waiting for a report from the Oireachtas health committee, which debated abortion last week, before drafting any legislation.
Meanwhile, Mr Kenny will get his wish to see the start of talks on an EU-US trade deal, which he said was a priority for Ireland's EU presidency.
Negotiations could begin by late spring, but the talks may take as long as six months to complete – long after Ireland's EU presidency will end.
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