Fom left:  Niamh Gallagher, co-founder of Women for Election,  Obama  strategist Jen O’Malley-Dillon and Michelle O’Donnell Keating, co-founder of Women for Election. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Seminar hears some male candidates not targeting women voters at all

 Bob Jordan   of housing charity Threshold: time to help  “completely innocent victims of the housing crash”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Housing charity Threshold calls for legislative changes to protect such households

Paddy Duffy, who used to be homeless, said he knows how hard it can be for people with a history like his to find a home to rent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Rent allowance and controls to be among topics at homeless charity’s ‘speak out’

A queue for unemployment benefit in Dublin. Social Justice Ireland says “the social welfare system is not fit for purpose in the 21st century”

Social Justice Ireland says Ireland is in danger of repeating 'boom and bust' scenario

Rev Bridget Spain: “It does underline very movingly, I think, the frailty of life and the randomness of death in conflict.”

Names of more than 3,500 people read carefully and patiently in event at Unitarian Church in Dublin

Brigid Quilligan,  director of the Irish Traveller Movement, said: “This is the strongest statement we as a community have ever had since the formation of the State”

TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, who has campaigned for Traveller ethnic recognition, said it was rare that he came into Leinster House reall(...)

Members of the Casey family from Limerick, Chanell and Britney, participating in a Travellers rights protest, on their way to the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: A positive Government statement could lead to a realignment between settled and Traveller communities

According to one support group Liverpool Women’s Hospital “is telling Irish women it either can’t look after them at all or that they will have to wait two or three weeks before they can get an appointment”.

Numbers of Irish travelling for abortion for medical reasons ‘has risen steadily’

National and local Traveller organisations protesting in Dublin last year. An Oireachtas Committee is calling for Traveller ethnicity to be recognised. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ethnic status could create ‘mutual respect’ between Travellers and settled communities

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