Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Discussions on a new national plan for women’s rights will begin next week, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said. He said the National Wom(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

Louise Glennon of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “This invitation is encouraging to women, particularly those with a diversity of experience from the community and voluntary sector, from the public service, and from business.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Equal numbers of women and men could sit on State boards if the website stateboards.ie does its job.Welcoming the launch of the website, Louise Glenno(...)

Abortion rights and having access to childcare were also high up the list, according to a poll by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/File Photo 3:27

Protecting women from domestic and sexual violence, ensuring access to safe and legal abortions and affordable childcare have topped a wishlist for wo(...)

‘It may be 2015 but one in five women are still victims of domestic violence and we still only have one third of the EU recommended refuge spaces.’ Photograph: Getty Images 3:27

Today is Nollaig na mBan – a day when traditionally women got together, letting the men take over the housekeeping. When our mothers sat around kitche(...)

Hannah Boylan: ‘No one I know who has children had this much sickness so it came as a shock to be so unwell. I am sick multiple times a day.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s an ongoing joke in Hannah Boylan’s office that everyone knows it’s 4pm because she’s slumped so low on her desk nobody can see her.Expecting her (...)

Shocking attack on woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised people “not to jog alone” in the aftermath of the attack.

The shocking attack on a woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised peopl(...)

Sheila O’Malley of Practical Parenting believes that “nobody disrespects you unless you allow them to”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s when you’re utterly exhausted and your baby is crying yet again . . . or you’re running all day after a toddler who has no off-switch . . . or tr(...)

Domestic violence services answered over 46,100 helpline calls last year or about one call every 12 minutes, according to statistics released today by Safe Ireland. File photograph. 2:39

Domestic violence services answered over 46,100 helpline calls last year or about one call every 12 minutes, according to statistics released today by(...)

Facebook offers up to $20,000 for egg freezing for female employees. The company also offers “a host of other fertility services for male and female employees”

“It’s an interesting ‘benefit in kind’,” says Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Apple and Facebook are well known fo(...)