Labour Senator and right-to-choose campaigner Ivana Bacik said the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission should consider taking a case to the High Court in Dublin in the light of the ruling on abortion in Belfast.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

It is “entirely possible” a case asserting the Republic’s abortion regime breached women’s human rights would be taken here, the executive di(...)

Although this book has many moving moments, it is not filled with flourish or colour. It is as considered and careful, in its tone, as the campaign was, and all the more useful for that.

Gay people in Ireland over the past half-century have been lucky with their leaders, and indeed supporters. While figures such as David Norris, Kat(...)

Graham and Helen Linehan: “Ireland turns its back on women in a time of need.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This week Amnesty International released Chains, a short campaign film voiced by Liam Neeson and produced by the television writer and director Gra(...)

People taking part in the rally organised by United Against Racism, calling on the government to take in more refugees, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The image of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, by now an indelible symbol of the refugee crisis in Europe, was once again invoked as thousands turne(...)

The campsite: Some 47,000 tickets were sold for this year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois

Electric Picnic has concluded for another year and thousands of campers, staff and performers are have begun leaving Stradbally, Co Laois. Gardaí hav(...)

Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt.   Ilustration: Brian Gallagher

It was a Friday in mid-August, a time of year when Dublin shifts into a slower gear and the long days blend into one. Politicians were on holiday. (...)

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland and Brian Cox of Red C Research and Marketing announcing the results of an Amnesty Red C Poll on Ireland’s abortion laws. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anyone who voted in the 1983 referendum is now at least 50 years of age. That referendum put article 40.3.3, the Eighth Amendment, into the Irish Cons(...)

Anti-abortion protesters are seeing marching in Dublin’s O’Connell St last weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

Almost two thirds of people are unaware abortion is illegal when a woman’s life is not at risk, according to a new poll. The Red C poll, conducted on(...)

Fr Peter McVerry receives the French human rights prize from Jean-Pierre Thebault the French Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fr Peter McVerry has been awarded the France-Ireland Human Rights Award for fighting homelessness and poverty in Ireland. Fr McVerry (left), who rece(...)

Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said a UN committee report published on Monday has sent the Government a “strong message”. C(...)