The Irish people will not be asked to vote in an other referendum before the next general election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has confirmed

The Irish people will not be asked to vote in an other referendum before the next general election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan(...)

Cuts imposed during the financial crisis disproportionately hurt the “disadvantaged and marginalised” and must be phased out, a United Nations committee has said.

Cuts imposed during the financial crisis disproportionately hurt the “disadvantaged and marginalised” and must be phased out, a United Nations comm(...)

On women’s sexual and reproductive health, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights said it was concerned at Ireland’s “highly restrictive legislation on abortion”. File photograph: Getty Images

Two referendums must be held to vindicate the economic, social and cultural rights of women in Ireland, according to the United Nations. A referendum(...)

Government representatives have spent two days at the UN in Geneva explaining and defending policy decisions affecting low -income families and disadv(...)

Minister of State  Seán Sherlock has been leading the Irish delegation at the Geneva-based UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A referendum on abortion must be held to ensure women and girls in Ireland can fully realise their economic, social and cultural rights, a UN Committ(...)

Minister for State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock. Mr Sherlock  is leading the Government delegation to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite austerity and fiscal constraint, the Irish State has international legal obligations to protect core economic and social rights, a Governmen(...)

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish governments have prioritised fiscal consolidation in their budgetary policies since 2008 and disregarded the human rights implications of these(...)

 A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in Dublin. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said that budgetary choices made by Government have led to greater deprivation and difficulty for the most vulnerable groups. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Young people, single parents, homeless families, women and Travellers are among the groups who have been worst affected by the regressive choices ma(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney paid tribute to the Naval Service for its professionalism in preparing the LE Eithne for such a major humanitarian mission in just five days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that the LE Eithne will play an important role when it joins the European effort to rescue the thousands(...)