Catherine McGuinness and Margaret Moyse at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catherine McGuinness is a retired member of the Supreme Court, the first woman appointed a Circuit Court judge, and former President of the Law Ref(...)

A report by Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has identified concerns that living conditions in the direct provision system not only exacerbate the trauma for these survivors of sexual violence but also leaves them vulnerable to additional sexual violence.

The Irish direct provision system poses a risk of sexual violence to individuals living in the system, according to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (R(...)

 A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In classic Government understatement, a confidential document described Ireland’s direct provision system as “not ideal”. The same document adds, howe(...)

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness (above) is among prominent figures who have predicted the State’s treatment of asylum seekers could be the subject of a future government apology

Last year Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised on behalf of the State to hundreds of women who spent time in Magdalene laundries. They were blameless wome(...)

Photographs: Bryan O’Brien 6:47

You make your way to the edge of the town, just off the motorway exit. You pass the industrial estate on your right. You take an unsignposted slip (...)

A punitive Direct Provision and Dispersal system, deliberately designed to discourage asylum seekers from coming here, brings shame on us all. The unf(...)

The centralisation of power stifles discourse so that public consultation can be seen as an unwelcome irritant. Distant paternalism frowned on active,(...)

 The former Supreme Court judge  Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness: “The real priority is today’s children and their rights. Just as we sit in judgment on our forebears it is certain that we too will be judged on our response to today’s children.”

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has called on the Government to ensure funding for the inquiry into mother and baby homes is “not tak(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

Writer Edna O’ Brien (above), musician Christy Moore, and former rugby International Tony Ward are some of the well-known personalities who reveal (...)

Labour’s European candidate Emer Costello canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Charge of the Labour Brigade. (as not imagined by Tennyson).Into the valley of debt rode the underfunded. EU to the right of them. ECB to the left(...)