The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The late Willie Collins was no fan of emotional eulogies. “He had a strong view that in the eyes of God everybody is equal in death,” said son Stephen(...)

Dr Lydia Foy with solicitor Michael Farrell outside the High Court after it ruled that the State had breached her rights. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the early 1970s he was arrested after clambering on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the Falls Road in Belfast to address protesters. He lat(...)

Michael Farrell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Political parties should be pressed in the forthcoming general election as to whether they are going to take steps to strengthen constitutional protec(...)

Daryl Murphy with Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew: he may make his fourth start of the qualifying campaign when Ireland take on Bosnia on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After his goalless streak extended to 13 games last week when Ipswich played Bolton Wanderers, Daryl Murphy’s manager Mick McCarthy concluded his luck(...)

Brian Pimley (61), of Dublin Road, Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath died after a foot-long needle he routinely used as part of his work pierced through his brain to the back of his head, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A man with 40 years’ experience re-upholstering furniture died after a tool described as a “giant sewing needle” pierced his brain through his eye. Br(...)

Dr Lydia Foy (centre) received the Citizen’s Prize from the European Parliament in Brussels

“I feel now that with the endorsement of Europe and the endorsement of Ireland, I can say yes, maybe I was doing something right for the good of peopl(...)

Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

Transgender rights activist Lydia Foy has finally received an Irish birth certificate after a 22-year legal battle for recognition in Ireland of her f(...)

Members of Germany’s constitutional court: it struck down as unconstitutional a compulsory divorce provision in its transsexual law in 2008.  Photograph: Uli Deck/AFP/Getty Images

The Gender Recognition Bill 2014 has been criticised for several provisions which some people see as too restrictive and exclusionary. These include t(...)

Transgender woman Dr Lydia Foy, who led the legal challenges on gender recognition in Ireland, has welcomed the Bill, but has said it includes ‘unnecessary obstacles’. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Leading human rights lawyers have described the Government’s gender recognition Bill as “flawed” and “very disappointing” and have urged that it be br(...)

The Court of Justice of the European Union: rejected an agreement hammered out over nearly four years of negotiations between EU officials and their counterparts in the Council of Europe

In a surprise decision just before Christmas, the European Union’s top court vetoed plans for the EU to sign up to the European Convention on Human Ri(...)