Protesters during the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism national demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday. Photograph: PA

The Irish State remains in denial about racism, a rally in Dublin to mark UN international day against racism on Saturday was told. The United Nations(...)

Brigid Quilligan, director of the Irish Traveller Movement, outside the Four Courts yesterday. She said the judgment showed “discrimination [was] very alive and well”. Photograph: Courts/Collins

Travellers groups have said they were “dismayed” by the Supreme Court decision but hoped it would increase pressure on Minister for Education Jan O’S(...)

A file image of  Mary Stokes who challenged the admissions policy of the Christian Brothers High School in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Collins 1:52

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal by a boy from the Traveller community who challenged the refusal of his admission to the Christi(...)

Travellers and ethnicity

Sir, – Jacinta Brack of the Irish Traveller Movement tells us (Letters, November 27th) that Travellers are a “distinct ethnic group” with “dual identi(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: it is “no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Traveller ethnicity will be “a reality” in six months, the Minister of State for Equality has said. Aodhán Ó Riordáin, speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

 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(...)