Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A Sinn Féin proposal to include advocacy groups on the board of the new independent legal services regulatory authority was rejected by Minister for (...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

Yes Equality comprises the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Marriage Equality and says it has local branches in most constituencies. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners for same-sex marriage plan to hold more than 40 events nationally where people can openly talk about why they are in favour – or against –(...)

The public petition presented to Dáil and Seanad deputies at Leinster House

What was once deemed to be a benevolent law has become one that strips away all decision-making powers from people with intellectual disabilities, (...)

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 2:46

Campaign groups are coalescing, raising funds and selecting their headquarters. Political parties are crunching the numbers. On both sides, internal d(...)

Some 257 applications have been received to date for the Government’s redress scheme for women who had symphysiotomies, according to the Department of Health. Applications are being assessed by former High Court judge Maureen Harding Clark. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some 257 applications have been received to date for the Government’s redress scheme for women who had symphysiotomies, according to the Department of(...)

The Union of Students in Ireland says it has registered more than 20,000 new student voters on electoral registers around the country

The Union of Students in Ireland says it has registered more than 20,000 new student voters on electoral registers around the country. A campaign to g(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has denied that the Government’s selection of the chair designate of the new Policing Authority followed a non-transparent process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has denied that the Government’s selection of the chair designate of the new Policing Authority did not follow(...)

Josephine Feehily: her first task will be to assist in the selection of the next Garda commissioner, a post currently filled on a interim basis by Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has appointed the outgoing chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, as the new chairwoman of the Policing Authority. (...)

Historian Catherine Corless says minutes of a 1979 Galway County Council meeting refer to a “children’s burial ground”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Government’s mother- and-baby home commission of inquiry must ensure that families of victims are involved in all aspects of its work, a leading h(...)