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(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Progress, or the lack of it, on a range of human rights issues in Ireland will be scrutinised by the United Nations today and tomorrow. Minister for J(...)

Anna Lo MLA: “measures such as quotas do not have to be forever, they can be temporary until such times as a critical mass of women elected as been achieved.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage (...)

Sindy Joyce from Co Galway, who won in the education categoryn and Martin Mahon from Kerry, winner in the arts and culture category, at the Fifth Traveller Pride Awards, which were held in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:34

The fifth annual Traveller Pride Awards have taken place, with recipients including an emerging actor, a sociology PhD student and a senior county soc(...)

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(...)

Members of the Casey family from Limerick, Chanell and Britney, participating in a Travellers rights protest, on their way to the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mags Casey, a young Traveller mother in Co Tipperary, spoke to The Irish Times seven years (...)

Mary and Timmy Casey with grandchildren Jay and Britney, participating in a Travellers’ rights protest in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to consider formally recognising Travellers as an ethnic group for the first time following a r(...)

The State has argued, at various points, that recognition of Traveller ethnicity was not proven and that granting recognition would prove too costly to the State. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee has formally called on the Government to recognise Traveller ethnicity for the first time. In a report published (...)

Noma Maye, a former asylum seeker, told a rally in Cork   that asylum seekers living in direct provision in Ireland often suffer from depression as they are often living in cramped conditions with little control over their lives and children inevitably suffer in confined situations. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government has been urged to end the direct provision of hostel accommodation for asylum seekers because the system (...)

A new report documents parents going hungry to feed their children, people unable to heat their homes and a young generation at serious risk of being lost to unemployment, drugs and crime. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Stories of ordinary people who are “at breaking point” after three years of austerity policies, and up to six years of recession, are told in a(...)