A selection of quilt panels depicting 77 women who were involved in the Rising

Women have a lot of conversations, but they rarely get to have a conversation that spans 100 years. But that is the length of the conversation 77 wom(...)

Seanad hopeful Laura Harmon:  “I want to be a Senator who represents the views of modern Ireland.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Former Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon has announced that she will stand as an Independent candidate for the National Univer(...)

Women should have a say in what their maternity care looks like

A woman gives birth in a Dublin hospital. Nothing unusual about that. It is something many of us have done or watched our partners do. Now a new pl(...)

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Easter Monday, 1916. As the bullets ricocheted between the pillars of the GPO on O’Connell Street, you could hear the screaming. No one had been shot(...)

Alice Mary Higgins (left) of the National Women’s Council of Ireland with  Orla O’Connor: Ms Higgins has announced she is to run for the Seanad. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alice Mary Higgins, the daughter of President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Coyne, is to run for the Seanad. The UCD English and philosophy graduate, (...)

Chris Ricketts: “I tried to be the best woman I could. I even got my ears pierced.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Chris Ricketts is getting used to curiosity. Everyone else’s curiosity. Chris, who is articulate and open, is talking about a recent encounter with R(...)

Ballot Paper. More women than ever will be on ballot papers as a result of gender quotas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A letter from a group of feminists appeared in US periodical the Nation in February 2008. The feminists had gathered for coffee and cakes and other fe(...)

Maya Angelou: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Photograph: Chester Higgins jnr/The New York Times

Matthew Parris, a newspaper columnist and former Conservative MP, is not usually my go-to guy for life lessons. But in a freak Pollyanna-ish twist, a(...)

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who is in the running for a best-actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Joy’. Photograph: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU/Getty Images)

Do Sylvester Stallone, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence or Saoirse Ronan need a little something to take the edge off their night at the(...)

“She is on Facebook, and her partner constantly watches her posts and messages she gets from other people.” Photograph: Mixmike/Getty Images

Are you ever too young to be abused by an intimate partner? Sadly the answer appears to be no. In Ireland 60 per cent of domestic abuse starts before(...)