Capt Deirdre Carbery of the Defence Forces says there is a direct correlation between gender, inequality and insecurity.

Transforming men’s attitudes and behaviours to help end violence against women and girls will be at the core of a conference on gender-based violence (...)

Deborah Borda, above, once told me that when orchestras started holding blind auditions, they found themselves hiring far more women

It would be easy to think that the row over gender equality in the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 programme will have far-reaching consequences. But the hist(...)

Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri arrives with a wreath at the French Embassy in Dublin ahead of a minute’s silence across Europe to mark the victims of Friday’s attacks in the French capital.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

These are uneasy times for Muslims in the West. On Saturday in Dublin a man pointed at Imam Dr Umar Al-Qadri in his clerical attire “and said one word(...)

The scene outside Hillsborough courthouse while the Anglo-Irish Agreement was being signed in Hillsborough Castle. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea.
Intense rivalry extended north

Charles Haughey’s trenchant opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement was undoubtedly a mistake, which had negative political consequences, but it also (...)

Marie Jones, writer of  ‘Stones in his Pocket’ which premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in  2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Each week on the podcast, the presenter Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan asks listeners a question. This week’s question is prompted by the re(...)

As a constitutional lawyer Mary Robinson “went as far as the wall and peeped over, but she didn’t cross it”.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The election of Mary Robinson as Ireland’s first woman president 25 years ago was an extraordinary event, Bride Rosney has recalled. Former special a(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

November 7th marks 25 years since Mary Robinson was elected the first female president

Each week on the podcast, the presenter Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan asks listeners a question and this week in Mary Robinson provided the(...)

Ireland has one of the heaviest dependencies internationally on overseas staff in its health service, and recruits directly from developing countries in Asia and Africa. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland and other western countries which recruit health workers from the developing world should have to pay the cost of replacement staff in poor co(...)

“Given the fact that women’s beauty is too important to our power, it is not surprising that some women, particularly if they’re in the public eye,(...)