The Immigrant Council of Ireland supported 19 women and teenagers this year who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Photograph: Thinkstock

Teenagers and women trafficked into Ireland for sex face “daily rapes” in brothels and are being rapidly moved around the country to meet the demand f(...)

The men of our parliament have it in their hands to make 2015 the year Ireland stood up for all of its women. Photograph: Getty Images

It might not seem like it at the moment, but good things have actually happened to some women in the world this year. There were massive reductions on(...)

Garth Brooks during his press conference at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Peter Thursfield

New figures show that in spite of missing out on a bonanza from policing the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts, the monies the Garda Síochána has recei(...)

“If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a cabinet, it will be a 50:50 on merit, of men and women,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny told  political correspondents at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to have an equal number of women as men in cabinet if Fine Gael is returned to power after the next general electi(...)

The last few days, and in particular the tragic right-to-life case emerging at the moment, have focused attention once again on the right to life of t(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “it is important to point out that these media reports do suggest that if such surveillance is being carried out, then it is happening within the UK’s own jurisdiction’’

There was no question of any form of mass surveillance being carried out in Ireland by a British spy agency, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told the Dáil the Coalition had not decided “on a final date yet”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Referendums on same-sex marriage and lowering the age to contest presidential elections will be held in May of next year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sai(...)

For vulnerable women with travel restrictions, it’s not impossible to travel abroad to get an abortion. But a complex array of legal and financial obs(...)