The mid-term review of the National Women’s Strategy published by the Department of Justice says there has been “no significant increase in women’s involvement in politics in more than 15 years”.   Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The Government should consider making political parties run equal numbers of male and female candidates in each constituency if the 30 per cent targe(...)

Kathleen Lynch: said politicians ‘cannot be expected to carry the argument on their own’ when it comes to the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners for equal marriage rights in the forthcoming referendum should not rely solely on political parties, but should mobilise other groups in (...)

Minister  of State Kathleen Lynch: “It is the first step along the way to ensuring that all our citizens have GP cover.”    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has removed the “gagging clause” in the legislation providing free GP care for children under six. The Health (General Practi(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath said it was now known that there were 595,355 people living in Ireland with a disability, representing 13 per cent of the population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent TD Finian McGrath has called for the appointment of a senior Cabinet minister with responsibility for disability inclusion.“I don’t care w(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: forearmed with the knowledge that her elevation would be a formality, both sides have been working on their strategies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The next 48 hours are going to be critical for this Coalition Government. Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton know their negotiatio(...)

Joan Burton with her new deputy leader, Alan Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As new leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton will not have the comfort of a honeymoon or a settling-in period. It’s too late in the political cycle a(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch said Vision for Change will not be fully implemented by the end of the Government’s term .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has described mental health services is an “easy target” after Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said Vision for Change will not be impleme(...)

The iFightDepression programme was launched by Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch at a seminar hosted by the National Suicide Research Foundation at University College Cork

A free online self-management programme for people experiencing mild to moderate depression was launched in Ireland yesterday.The iFightDepression pr(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch told the Dáil recently that the vast majority – 98 per cent, or 468 – of the jobs had been “allocated” and would be filled as soon as possible.  .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of positions pledged for community-based mental health teams last year have still not been filled, latest figures show.The numbers come at a (...)

Cabinet reshuffle 4:45

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)