Chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan said the organisation wanted individuals to feel it was accessible to them. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An advocacy group for people with disabilities has called on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to conduct an inquiry into the con(...)

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. (...)

“The prevailing paradigm is that foreign policing expertise is good and domestic is mildly toxic. We really should get over this inferiority complex.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The independent Policing Authority, which will oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána, came into operation on January 1st. The Garda Síochána (...)

The existing law in Northern Ireland only allows for abortions in cases where a woman’s life is at risk or there is a serious risk to her mental or physical health. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can copy the Northern Ireland legal action that led to a ruling that its abortion laws breach the Europ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visiting the scene of last week’s fatal fire at the halting site in Carrickmines , Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

A parish priest has criticised statutory agencies for failing to act on a report drawn up over four years ago, which highlighted appalling living c(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

Aid agencies have criticised European ministers for failing to reach an agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees, calling on the EU to replace sm(...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, in his office on Great Strand Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund.

Every morning, on the way up to his office in a building off Dublin’s north quays, the Ombudsman for Children passes his job description, which is wri(...)

Celebrations in the courtyard at Dublin Castle in May after results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality were announced. Public perceptions of Ireland as a leader on human rights issues rose in the wake of the referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public perceptions of Ireland as a leader on human rights issues rose significantly following the referendum on same-sex marriage, a new poll suggest(...)

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Irish Times produced a Women’s Power List recently because, first, we’re worth it and, second, the BBC’s Women’s Hour radio programme had done (...)

File image of young asylum seekers accommodated  at Knockalisheen, Meelick, Co Clare.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The number of asylum seekers in the direct provision system has risen in the past year with the biggest increases in Balseskin reception centre in Dub(...)