Anti-abortion protesters outside the Dáil  as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill were being voted on in 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some types of equality are more equal than others. The Marriage Referendum was scarcely over before Amnesty International began immediately campaignin(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Michael O’Flaherty leaves Dublin Circuit Civil Court yesterday after he was ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a Dún Laoghaire businessman. Picture: Collins

A schoolteacher has been ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a former friend about whom he made defamatory remarks. It was the maximum Jud(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: PA

The failure to establish a truth process into the Northern Ireland conflict encourages tribal myth-making, the Human Rights Commission has said.An unr(...)

Edwin Poots: ‘disappointed’ by court ruling refusing leave to appeal

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region.

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting.Northern Ireland’s Minist(...)