Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

A leading German policy foundation has called on Ireland to do more to boost opportunities for its vulnerable population instead of retaining a narr(...)

Sinéad Gibney, the social action manager at Google, has been appointed  director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The head of Google’s social action division has been appointed director-designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Sinéad Gibney wi(...)

Broden Giambrone, chief executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland, said under the Bill married transgender people would have to choose between ‘their families and the legal recognition of their true identities’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The retention of a requirement in the latest version of the Gender Recognition Bill that states applicants for legal gender recognition must be single(...)

Emily Logan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan is to be nominated as chief commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Ms Logan will step(...)

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Watson and Holmes: sharing a flat but not a bed

Curious thing, the decline of male friendship. In the wildly popular BBC series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the cha(...)

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, announcing the Workplace Relations Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

After eight reports and almost a decade of discussion, a major overhaul of the State’s workplace relations bodies moved a step closer yesterday when t(...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham yesterday said the judgment would be given on or before October 19th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A seven-judge Supreme Court will rule by October on the State’s appeal against a decision the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate are entitl(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham. The Supreme Court is to rule by October on the case involving the birth certificates of twins born by surrogacy.

A seven-judge Supreme Court will rule by October 19th next on the State’s appeal against a decision the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate a(...)

 Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters march to the Department of Justice in Dublin as part of a national day of action   last year. File photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Systemic delays in the asylum system are causing “undue hardship” and threatening people’s fundamental dignity, the Human Rights and Equality Commissi(...)

Eileen Flynn from Ballyfermot with Travellers and supporters  protesting outside the Dáil on Kildare Street, Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is time to right the wrongs inflicted on Irish Travellers over the past 50 years. The Report on the Recognition(...)