A Marriage Equality poster featuring campaigners Grainne Healy  and Denise Charlton. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“I voted for civil partnership out of recognition that gay and straight people are equal citizens who deserve to have their loving relationships re(...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: wants clearer guidelines on how ‘standalone’ Catholic schools  intend to accommodate children of other faiths and none. Photograph: Eric Luke

School admissions policies run on a “Catholic first” basis may be in breach of both equality legislation and the Constitution, the State’s equality w(...)

(From left) Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Averil Power during a press briefing where they called on the Government to support their Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Up to 50,000 adopted people would have the right to their birth cert for the first time under proposed new legislation.The Bill was produced by Senat(...)

Hand in hand: ECHR judgments bolster moves towards equal access to human rights here. photograph: getty

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have been at the vanguard of the extension of human ri(...)

While legislation will permit altruistic – or “non-commercial” – surrogacy arrangements such as those involving family members or donors, it will prohibit for-profit or commercial surrogacy arrangements.

The use of commercial surrogacy services is to be prohibited under proposed new laws.The heads of the Children and Family Relationships Bill are likel(...)

Social media savvy: The Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Whether they are tweeters, blawgers or both, the Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal.There are a myriad(...)