A scheme to regularise the legal position of about 26,000 undocumented migrants, including up to 5,000 undocumented children, could generate “a pot(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Draft Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. With regard to the PLDPA and the accompanying guidance, Amnesty says: “Neither . . . provided sufficient assistance to medical professionals in assessing when a pregnancy posed a risk to life, or adequately protected the rights of the pregnant woman or girl”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy (PLDP) Act, commenced last year, and the accompanying guidance for clinicians published by the Department of (...)

A file image of  Mary Stokes who challenged the admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Collins 1:52

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal by a boy from the Traveller community who challenged the refusal of his admission to the Christi(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the new fund was in addition to enhanced funding for social housing  announced in the budget and in the social housing strategy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A €300 million investment fund for social housing, which will deliver 2,000 units of public housing over the next three years, will be built on and e(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never happens to another woman”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has personally urged Ms Y to participate in “an inquiry at some stage in the future” so what happened to her “never h(...)

Anti-water charge protestors during a demonstration in Dublin. A member of Greece’s Syriza party has said the Irish campaign was an inspiration. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Irish anti-water charges campaign was “inspirational” to the people of Greece, as a “working class movement that challenged the narrative that eve(...)

Tara (24) who travelled to England for an abortion.

Tara (24), a Cork-woman who travelled to England for an abortion, has had nothing but positive support from family and friends, she says. Tara, who do(...)

 Households in the private rented sector and in receipt of rent allowance are enabled  to seek an increase where they face rent increases they cannot meet. The service has operated in Dublin since June last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

A “tenancy protection” scheme, aimed at keeping families at risk of homelessness in their homes, is being extended from Dublin to Cork city. Its ex(...)