Hannah Boylan: ‘No one I know who has children had this much sickness so it came as a shock to be so unwell. I am sick multiple times a day.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s an ongoing joke in Hannah Boylan’s office that everyone knows it’s 4pm because she’s slumped so low on her desk nobody can see her.Expecting her (...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (centre), celebrates the opening of its new premises with staff members (from left) Louise Glennon, Eilís Ní Chaithnía, Rachel Doyle, Laura Moloney, Claire Kelly, Anne Gibney, Sarah Clarkin and Louise Riordan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The increased participation of women in decision-making roles is essential in any democratic society, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzge(...)

Sheila O’Malley of Practical Parenting believes that “nobody disrespects you unless you allow them to”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s when you’re utterly exhausted and your baby is crying yet again . . . or you’re running all day after a toddler who has no off-switch . . . or tr(...)

Facebook offers up to $20,000 for egg freezing for female employees. The company also offers “a host of other fertility services for male and female employees”

“It’s an interesting ‘benefit in kind’,” says Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Apple and Facebook are well known fo(...)

Ireland’s top business women celebrate International Women’s Day at Dublin Castle. Pictured speaking  is Mary Kennedy. Photograph: Suzanne Thompson Circus Photography

LISA BLAKE Political parties are failing to attract female election candidates because some women don’t like the adversarial a(...)

Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Orla O’Connor, who was at the launch of the report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Dublin today. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Irish women’s freedom of movement, as well as their full participation in social, economic and political life is being affected by their fear o(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on theit way into the Dáil this day last year to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report and an apology from Enda Kenny on behalf of the State. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A wreath will be laid at the gates of Leinster House at midday today to mark the first anniversary of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to women w(...)

This year brings the opportunity of a referendum on removing Article 41 from our Constitution. This article ascribes to women a life within the home, and defines women as mothers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Today on Nollaig na mBan – a day when traditionally women sat back and let men take over housekeeping duties – we look forward and wonder will this be(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald will launch the new booklet on violence against women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland must show its commitment to eradicating all forms of male violence against women by ratifying a 2011 convention aimed at preventing such viole(...)

Caroline Roche at home in Cahir, CoTipperary: “It disgusts me”

Caroline Roche (32) from Cahir, Co Tipperary, is expecting her first baby in two months. Soon to be dependent on maternity benefit for her income she (...)