The lower house of the Irish parliament passes the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, legalising abortion when the woman's life is at risk.
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for an investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar to meet the needs of a "concerned public" as Savita's husband Praveen continues his battle against Ireland's government and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to hold a sworn, public inquiry into her death, which he believes occurred due to her being denied an abortion.
Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny attacks the Vatican's approach to the child abuse scandals in the country as "absolutely disgraceful", while the Socialist Party's Joe Higgins tells Dáil Éireann that people were "throwing their hands in the air" after the report into the sexual abuse scandal in Cloyne diocese was published this week.
Ireland's parliament is involved in controversy amid newspaper reports that thousands of phone calls were made from Dáil Éireann to help TD Michael Healy-Rae win a charity reality TV show four years ago. Taxpayers then picked up the bill.
Former government minister Michael Lowry refuses to resign the seat he recently claimed back in Dáil Éireann in the aftermath of the Moriarty Tribunal's findings that he assisted billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien "beyond doubt" in gaining a mobile phone license for Esat Digifone, in actions judged "disgraceful and insidious" by the tribunal. Taoiseach Enda Kenny admits Fine Gael accepted a donation worth thousands of dollars from Esat at the time.
Irish TD and former government minister Jim McDaid resigns suddenly from Dáil Éireann after disagreeing with his colleagues, once again reducing the fragile majority of the country's government and provoking new calls for a general election ahead of a hard-hitting budget; four seats are now vacant following the latest resignation.
The leaders of Ireland's two main political parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, come under fire. Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces a motion of no confidence in Dáil Éireann, his second in just over a year. Leader of the Opposition, Enda Kenny, who sacked his deputy leader yesterday to prevent a potential coup, faces further revolt from his party as nine more members of his frontbench call on him to resign.