Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

‘We are never going to see an ad that features people struggling to pay their credit card bills.’ Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

What was the first thing you bought on a credit card (if, like half of Irish adults, you have one)? What is said to be the first credit card tr(...)

About 60,000 people with low incomes whose bank accounts have been frozen for at least a year and whose debt doesn’t exceed 35,000 kuna (€4,500) can participatein Croatia’s debt forgiveness programe. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES)

Croatia’s poorest citizens may start applying today to have their debt erased under a one-time measure passed by the government last month. About 60,(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon: said blocking the privatisation of services in England would help to protect Scotland’s own independent National Health Service. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish National Party MPs can vote on issues affecting the English National Health Service after the general election, Scottish first minister Ni(...)

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 2:46

Campaign groups are coalescing, raising funds and selecting their headquarters. Political parties are crunching the numbers. On both sides, internal d(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White:  said it is unrealistic for Labour to expect to repeat its 2011 general election success.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Communications and former Labour leadership contender Alex White has said replacing Eamon Gilmore as party leader “wasn’t all for nothin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton during the announcement of Budget 2015: Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show Fine Gael and Labour struggling for support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show the Government parties struggling for support. The findings will be of particular concern to the Lab(...)

A marriage equality march in Dublin campaigns for equal rights for same sex couples. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers are expected to weigh up whether they should hold the same-sex marriage referendum on its own or in tandem with a byelection and other pendi(...)

Mattie McGrath has said he wants to join a new political set-up headed by Michael Fitzmaurice. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed an interest in signing up to a new party headed by Roscommon/South Leitrim deputy Michael Fitzmaurice. The(...)

Protestors gathered in their thousands to protest the water charges at Merrion Square  Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Financial markets appear to be rather more relaxed about Ireland’s changing political dynamic than people in Coalition circles. Even as polls point to(...)