At the launch of National Women’s Council of Ireland’s  pre-budget submission were (from left): Alice-Mary Higgins, policy and campaigns officer, NWCI; Linda Brennan, parent and women’s champion at Symantec; Aileen Morrissey of Mandate,  and Orla O’Connor, director, NWCI. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Increasing the take-home pay of low-paid workers – the majority of whom are women – must be a priority in the forthcoming budget, according to the Nat(...)

The International Labour Organisation found men were paid more than women in all 38 countries examined. The biggest pay gap was in the US, where women earn $64.20 on average for every $100 earned by a man

Should women be paid less than men? The answer would obviously seem to be no. Yet it seems wage disparities are still alive, well and even widening(...)

“Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only train carriages,” says British Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

One suspects that, for some people, anything British Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn says will be a red rag to their proverbial bull. (...)

Long-running childcare issue: Some of the participants in the National Women’s Council of Ireland march to the Dáil in 2002 demanding childcare benifits. Photograph Paddy Whelan

Affordable childcare must be made available if women are to pay a full part in public and civil life, the National Women’s Council of Ireland has said(...)

Orla O’Connor: “When women are selected, they get elected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour, Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are on course to reach a legally required quota of women candidates for the next general election and retain their ful(...)

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 (...)