‘Children have a right to attend inclusive public schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At a recent meeting with Atheist Ireland, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education personally apologised to atheist parent Derek Walsh, whose chil(...)

The decision last Tuesday by Amnesty International’s biennial conference in Dublin to support the decriminalisation of the sex trade, including prosti(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:44

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

A child migrant  is brought aboard the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix after being rescued from an overloaded wooden boat 16km off the coast of Libya, August 6th, 2015. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters 3:44

The European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean had been a “failure”, “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”, President Michael (...)

Proposed reforms to aid victims of domestic violence will allow victims give evidence through video and protect their anonymity in the courts process.

Proposed new legislation should make it easier for victims of domestic violence to get barring orders against perpetrators and ban electronic communic(...)

Publish and be hanged

Independent Newspapers’ appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against a massive €1.25 million defamation award is a welcome, important –(...)

‘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(...)

Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy violates human rights by not offering adequate legal protection and recognition to same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. The decision by(...)

A referendum campaign poster that reads ‘Yes (Nai)’ is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads ‘No (Oxi)’ painted on it in Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Supporters of Greece’s bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the ‘No’ vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsirpas delivers a televised address to the nation from his office at Maximos Mansion on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Another day of turmoil unfolded in Brussels on Wednesday as the Greek public faced their third day of capital controls and persistent uncertainty over(...)