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(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: announced an ambitious rationalisation plan that promised the merger, abolition, or restructuring of almost 100 State agencies or offices. Photograph: Frank Miller

The line adopted by both parties in the run-up to the 2011 general election was unashamedly populist. They each argued there were hundreds of S(...)

In his November 2011 inaugural address President Michael D Higgins said he intended holding  presidency seminars. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Over 50 events are planned to take place across the island of Ireland this year as part of an ethics initiative by President Michael D Higgins (...)

Margaretta D’Arcy. Prof Michael   O’Flaherty said that while he was not familiar with the details of the court judgment which had resulted in the three-month detention of the peace activist, he hoped that a “compassionate approach” would be taken towards someone who was “elderly and unwell”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A leading human rights academic has said he is “surprised and disappointed” by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are “n(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies Ireand’s Martin O’Brien will deliver the Dave Ellis lecture – in memory of the activist who worked with community groups in Dublin for more than 20 years – at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

The creation of a better society is most forcefully achieved by changing Government policies and practices, the most senior member of Atlantic Phil(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague (R) talks with Uganda fforeign minister Sam Kutes during the Commonwealth foreign ministers meeting today in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Getty Images

British television journalists who have reported on war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka were stopped from reaching the north of the country today by(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: PA

The failure to establish a truth process into the Northern Ireland conflict encourages tribal myth-making, the Human Rights Commission has said.An unr(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the launch of an  Irish Human Rights Commission annual report launch.  The Government says the merger   between the Equality Authority and the commission – to form the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – will promote rights  issues in a more “efficient, effective and coherent way”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The number of cases taken by State equality and human rights bodies has collapsed by up to 66 per cent, according to a report to be published today.A (...)