Pro-democracy protesters gather on a main street they occupy at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Public support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters appears to be growing, especially among young people, according to a survey, highlighting the (...)

A group of asylum seekers have said they were protesting over delays in the processing of their asylum status, and also complained about conditions at their accommodation centre. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of protesting asylum seekers who claimed to be on hunger strike at an accommodation centre in Co Limerick have been transferred to other asylu(...)

Following the recent revelations about mother-and-baby homes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It is about the kind of country Ireland was.” I wish he was (...)

Abortion and the law

When, in December 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in A, B, and C v Ireland that Ireland was in violation of Article 8 of the Eur(...)

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)

 Pro- choice protesters outside the Dail during the  debate on  the abortion / Protection of Life Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The trenchant criticism by the UN Human Rights Committee, which published its concluding observations yesterday, places yet another dark cloud over Ir(...)

The UN Human Rights Committee report comes following questioning of an Irish Government delegation, led by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, on Ireland’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in Geneval last week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The “perpetrators” of symphysiotomy should be punished and prosecuted, the United Nations has said. In observations on Ireland’s human rights record, (...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

The appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as chairwoman of the forthcoming commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes has been questioned in the D(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald led the Irish delegation over two days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A constitutional referendum would be required to bring Ireland’s abortion legislation into line with international human rights law, a Government d(...)

Gerry Adams: “Why does the State deny or refuse to accept responsibility for the clear abuse of these women over decades?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Symphysiotomy sufferers could wait for between five and 10 years for a decision on their case if they decided to go to court, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (...)