Marie O’Connor of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy: asked UN for help in redress

Ireland’s refusal to admit the practice of symphysiotomy was “torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading” brought an Irish group representing survivors t(...)

The HSE’s national healthcare charter promises to maintain strict confidentiality of personal information

The Health Service Executive has said it will examine whether any data protection issues arise from its release of information on public hospital pa(...)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has called on the UN Human Rights Committee to recommend that Ireland introduce ‘more effective, comprehensive and independent mechanisms’ for ‘truth finding and redress’ concerning vitcims of agents motivated by ‘religious ethos’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Victims who have suffered at the hands of those motivated by “religious ethos” need improved mechanisms for redress, according to a new report.The Iri(...)

Simon O’Brien, chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: ‘There is still an outstanding anomaly and in the words of the judge, as he says in these rather febrile areas, it’s difficult to know whether that could be in relation to unlawful intrusion.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The integrity of the inquiry into possible bugging at the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is coming under closer scrutiny, with (...)

Judge Cooke  found the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s decision to launch a full investigation into  suspicions of bugging was “heavily influenced” by paranoia generated by the generally tense and distrustful relationship between the commission and the Garda force. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The report into allegations of bugging at the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) found exactly what the Government intended it (...)

Last year, Edward Snowden lifted the lid on the expansive internet data monitoring system put in place by America’s National Security Agency. Photograph: The Guardian/Reuters

The notion that states across Europe and beyond are quietly tapping into millions of emails and phone calls across multiple platforms obviously cause(...)

The Protection of Life in Pregnancy, according to the Government, gives effect to its commitment to comply with the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. Photograph: Getty

The Government is still failing to provide clarity as to when a woman can legally have an abortion, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said.Th(...)

The committee was concerned about the [Vatican] response to the continued refusal by the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene laundries to contribute to a redress fund. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A group representing survivors of clerical sex abuse has welcomed a UN report criticising the four religious orders behind the Magdalene laundries fo(...)

GSOC commissioner Kieran FitzGerald yesterday said he accepted its response to Seán Guerin’s requests for information for his report on the response by the State to Garda whistleblowers was too slow.

The body charged with investigating complaints against gardaí is pushing for a range of new powers in response to the problems that it and Garda whist(...)

Ministers at this morning’s Cabinet meeting agreed the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the Garda taping affair. The inquiry will examine the events surrounding the resignation of former commissioner Martin Callinan (centre) two weeks ago.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

The commission of investigation into the Garda taping controversy will examine the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former Garda co(...)