President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

SICAP funding will begin in April, replacing the Local and Community Development Programme which had been the funding stream for the sector for almost 20 years. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

Hundreds of jobs will be lost and public services cut in some of the poorest areas under Government plans to change how community projects are funded(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A €300 million investment fund for social housing, which will deliver 2,000 units of public housing over the next three years, will be built on and e(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never happens to another woman”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never h(...)

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, who have been homeless since April 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The homelessness crisis in Dublin appears to be spilling into areas around the capital.Charities and public representatives have warned that county co(...)

Tara Tevlin and her son Leon (2) from Duleek, Co Meath, have been homeless for nearly a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tara Tevlin (24), her partner Thomas McGuinness and their son Leon (2), from Duleek, Co Meath, have been homeless since last April. Their landl(...)

 Brigid Quilligan  of the Irish Traveller Movement: “the vast majority of young Travellers are focused on getting an education and they choose their own partners later in life”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

It was not the custom for Travellers to get married as teenagers and the vast majority chose their own life partners, the director of the Irish Travel(...)

Prof Philip Alston  told a conference on taxation justice, hosted by Christian Aid, that  Ireland had a “surprisingly ambivalent relationship” with economic and social human rights. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ireland’s taxation policies were “anti-social behaviour” and the Government made a “clear decision” not to address child poverty or reverse the worst (...)

 Margaret Martin from Womens Aid says that legislation does not deal with the virtual world. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:55

Legislation is urgently needed to allow younger women who have never lived with their partners to access safety or barring orders, Women’s Aid has wa(...)

The Workers’ Party will publish a series of policies and run candidates in the next general election.

The Workers’ Party will publish a series of policies and run candidates in the next general election, according to its president Michael Donnelly. The(...)