Brendan O’Neill, an Irish Research Council-funded PhD scholar at work on an early-medieval roundhouse. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What is the connection between smart beehives and monastic Ireland? Or the connection between bronze-age metalwork and ultrafast magnetism? Or betw(...)

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

Policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation. Photograph: Getty Images

Amnesty International has taken the controversial step of voting for the decriminalisation of sex work and prostitution, as well as for the decriminal(...)

Victims of human trafficking should be compensated from a special fund, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Victims of human trafficking should have access to a special compensation fund or be directly compensated from funds held by the Criminal Assets Burea(...)

The delay means the process of bringing in new laws covering many areas will not come into effect as early as hoped. Photograph: Getty Images

A delay in publishing the Bill to criminalise buying sexual services is “disappointing” and “regrettable” said rights groups. It had been anticipated (...)

An  Immigrant Council of Ireland anti-racism campaign. Photograph: Immigrant Council of Ireland website

Discrimination, stereotyping and assaults were among the issues reported by a panel of young migrant men interviewed about their experiences in Irelan(...)

Pimps and prostitutes are moving into the border counties as a crackdown on the sex trade in Northern Ireland comes into force, campaigners have warned. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

Pimps and prostitutes are moving into the Border counties as a crackdown on the sex trade in Northern Ireland comes into force, campaigners have wa(...)

If convicted of paying for sex, a person could be fined, sentenced to a maximum of one year’s imprisonment, or both. Photograph: Getty Images

Paying for sex is a criminal offence in Northern Ireland as of today, and the DUP politician behind the new law says the Republic should introduce sim(...)

Body bags containing African migrants, who drowned trying to reach Italian shores, lie in a hangar at  Lampedusa airport in 2013. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

The Government needs to take leadership on the issue of migration, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. An Irish Times poll showed more (...)

The Migrant Integration Policy Index showed that 30 per cent of working age migrants from outside the EU were not in work, education, training or schools

Ireland is behind the rest of Europe in providing family rights, access to work and education for migrants, according to an international index.The M(...)