Senator Ivana Bacik with Safe Ireland researcher Simone George and chief executive Sharon O’Halloran at the launch of The Lawlessness of the Home report. The study’s recommendations include making domestic violence a crime, ensuring consistency in the application of the law and making “pockets of good practice” the norm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The courts need more resources to deal with cases of domestic violence, former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said.She was speaking at (...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

John Kellegher from Cork North Central seen among a crowd at the Labour Party conference in Killarney on Friday, where Labour Women called for the appeal of the eighth amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.  2:02

Labour delegates called for a constitutional referendum repealing the eighth amendment providing for the equal right to life of the mother and the (...)

From left: Finola Flanagan, full-time commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Justice Mary Laffoy and Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent Student Legal Convention in UCD. Photograph:  Orla Murray/Ark Photography

In a first for any legal profession in the world, women Irish solicitors now outnumber men practising in Ireland. Figures for the end of 2014 show the(...)

Senator Ivana Backik, Senator David Norris, Bryan Lucey head of the newly formed King’s Inns’ Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance, Patrick Treacy SC, and Dr. John Murray from the Iona Institute before the start of the Kings Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Supporters of the yes side in May’s marriage equality referendum were warned against complacency at a debate in the King’s Inns in Dublin last night. (...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Oireachtas health committee has agreed to a Government Senator’s request to resume abortion hearings to establish if fatal foetal abnormality legi(...)

Lynn Ruane (centre, with arms wide) with some of her campaign team.

A single mother and drugs addiction worker from Tallaght in west Dublin has won an emotional victory in the race for president of Trinity College D(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said the introduction of legislation on fatal foetal abnormality “could help to support women, couples and families affected each year in Ireland by the tragic diagnosis”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas health committee has been asked by a Government Senator to resume abortion hearings to establish if fatal foetal abnormality legisl(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

Katherine Zappone: said every Senator could highlight statistics in their own community, and there were 173 people homeless in the South County Dublin Council area

More than 160 homeless people are living “in the shadow of Leinster House”, the Seanad heard following the death of homeless man John Corrie (43) on (...)