Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

All broadcasters worth their salt aspire to take the road less travelled and be different. But it’s understandable when, faced with the relentless (...)

‘Ireland’s failure to adequately challenge or respond to violence against women has come into serious national and international focus.’ Photograph: Getty Images

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has said “Violence against women takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a who(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told participants at the National Women’s Council’s Feminist Futures conference: “I am here as the Minister for Justice and I’m here as a feminist.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald urged people to “throw out the stereotype” that women do not help each other as she addressed participants at (...)

Men who are violent towards women are ordinary people – husbands, grandfathers, fathers, sons, nephews, uncles, brothers, – who think they have a right to control women. Photograph: Thinkstock

Launching a new report on domestic violence, Sharon O’Halloran, the chief executive officer of SafeIreland, said “the legal system at every level is f(...)

Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Media coverage of the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who flew 149 people and himself into a mountainside in the French Alps last Tuesday, has been (...)

The entrance to  the former  Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street, Dublin.   The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill, published last month, proposes survivors of the laundries be entitled to GP care, prescription medicines, nursing and home-help as well as dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services provided by the HSE. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The draft legislation to assist survivors of Magdalene laundries has been described as “unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises” by advocacy (...)

Abortion rights and having access to childcare were also high up the list, according to a poll by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/File Photo 3:27

Protecting women from domestic and sexual violence, ensuring access to safe and legal abortions and affordable childcare have topped a wishlist for wo(...)

‘It may be 2015 but one in five women are still victims of domestic violence and we still only have one third of the EU recommended refuge spaces.’ Photograph: Getty Images 3:27

Today is Nollaig na mBan – a day when traditionally women got together, letting the men take over the housekeeping. When our mothers sat around kitche(...)

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(...)