Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said a UN committee report published on Monday has sent the Government a “strong message”. C(...)

A total of 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to the UK for abortions last year, an increase on the 2013 of 3,679.

A total of 3,735 Irish residents travelled to to England or Wales last year for abortions, statistics published by the UK Department of Health show. (...)

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish governments have prioritised fiscal consolidation in their budgetary policies since 2008 and disregarded the human rights implications of these(...)

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Condoms don’t work, says one school textbook. Students sit through graphic and detailed anti-abortion talks from Life Pregnancy Care and other anti(...)

The number of women going for breast cancer screenings has fallen from 77 per cent to 71 per cent in the past four years, with women in their early 50s becoming less likely to attend. Photograph: Mark Thomas/Science Photo Library

At last, a good reason to start into the menopause: bigger breasts (if you’re not already well endowed), according to actor Helena Bonham Carter, who (...)

Of every 100 women who use the withdrawal method, four will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly. For the less skilled 27 out of 100 will become pregnant, according to figures from Planned Parenthood

The cost of contraception and the impact of the recession has had a negative impact on women, a leading family planning agency has said. “The Irish Fa(...)

The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Health Service Executive (HSE) health service for women engaged in prostitution refers “about 10 women a year” to the Irish Family Planning Associat(...)

Embo Medical (from left) Wayne Allen, Colin Forde and Liam Mullins. The firm was voted “one-to watch” by the CorkBIC Venture Academy.

Embo Medical Embo Medical has created a new medical device which makes embolization procedures faster and less expensive while also offering mo(...)

 Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year, according to Dr Caitríona Henchion, medical director of the the clinic. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year.Most ha(...)

CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, says the number seeking regular smear tests drops off among older women. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Younger women aged 25-29 are more likely to have regular cervical smear tests than older women, with only 64 per cent of Irish women aged 55-59 availi(...)