The woman’s employer agreed she could avail of maternity leave but, because the employer does not pay maternity leave allowance, she applied to the Department of Social Protection for the State allowance, but was refused on grounds she was not eligible.

A woman whose child was born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement has lost her High Court action alleging the State’s refusal to pay her maternity b(...)

Luke Field from Cork and Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre in Dublin for the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A planned change to equality law will “raise the bar” so high that schools and hospitals will not be allowed to discriminate against staff or job a(...)

As well as the Sesame Street characters, the icing was to have the Queerspace logo and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. The evangelical Christian McArthur family, which owns the bakery, refused the order because it would be “at odds with our beliefs”. Photograph: Getty Images

So, this week’s battlefield in the culture war is a cake decorated with pictures of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. The verdict in the Belfast “gay(...)

The Supreme Court has made no costs orders after proceedings brought on behalf of John Stokes by his mother Mary Stokes (above) concerning the enrolment policy of CBS High School, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Collins.

A Traveller boy and a secondary school must each pay their own legal costs of the boy’s unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court against the school’s (...)

Mary Stokes:   said her son John did not  meet the criterion of having a father or brother in the school, as he was the oldest in his family and his father had not attended the school. Following a lottery process, John was not admitted and instead went to another school. Photograph: Collins/Courts.

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal arising out of a secondary school’s refusal to enrol a teenage boy from the Traveller community. In proceed(...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Traveller family who were refused access to a funeral home to wake their son have been awarded maximum compensation of €6,384 by the Equality Tribun(...)

Emily Logan  took over as  chief commissioner designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission last week. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The newly-appointed head of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said the organisation has concerns about the lack of an independent ins(...)

Within couples, women experienced sharper falls in disposable income than men across all income groups, according to an ESRI report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Women who are married or co-habiting have been hit significantly harder by Government austerity policies than their male counterparts, new research(...)