Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: said it took  19 years for women’s representation in the Dáil to grow from 12 per cent to 15 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A report in Britain this week found women in banking are paid, on average, 40 per cent less than men in the same sector. Stop for a moment and think a(...)

Judge Maureen Harding Clark: women were given the choice of having records returned or shredded. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The retired judge running the State’s symphysiotomy payment scheme has criticised “misinformation” in relation to the treatment of the personal recor(...)

Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, was a major theme of a “soapbox” event organised by the National Women(...)

Josepha Madigan who was elected in the Stillorgan ward , with her husband Finbarr Hayes and their sons Luke (8) and Daniel (10). Photograph: Dave Meehans

Women’s equality has come a long way since the days of the marriage bar and the contraception train, but when it came to women in politics, up until a(...)

Men in countries such as Iraq, Algeria and the United States contributed more of their time to childcare than Irish men,

Just seven per cent of unpaid childcare in Ireland is done by men according to a new report which describes the country as having the most unequal gen(...)

 National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor said economic decisions taken over the past five years had hit women hardest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Women should be judged on what they say and do, and not how they look, Louise Glennon of the National Women’s Council of Ireland has said as Taoiseach(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will introduce a specific offence of forced marriage as part of the Government’s new strategy for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence,(...)

National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor: Breakthrough Manifesto for Women “going really well”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One hundred candidates for this year’s general election have now signed up to the The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) Breakthrough Manifest(...)

Women TD’s  in 2005 meeting the sisters and and partner of Robert Mc Cartney who was murdered by the IRA  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One hundred years ago women fought alongside men to achieve Irish Independence. But what started as the promised Republic that would cherish women and(...)

 Orla O’Connor, Tara Flynn, Laura Hardiman and Louise O’ Neill at the National Women’s Council’s FemFest     conference in Croke Park:  The council’s breakthrough manifesto highlights 10 key areas it says will change the outlook for women in Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The forthcoming general election has the potential to be a breakthrough election for women in Ireland, the director of the National Women’s Council, (...)