File photo  of a prostitute talking to a driver. Photograph: PA Wire

New legislation on sexual offences criminalises paying for sex with prostitutes, but ensures the person offering sexual services is not guilty of a cr(...)

At the launch of National Women’s Council of Ireland’s  pre-budget submission were (from left): Alice-Mary Higgins, policy and campaigns officer, NWCI; Linda Brennan, parent and women’s champion at Symantec; Aileen Morrissey of Mandate,  and Orla O’Connor, director, NWCI. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Increasing the take-home pay of low-paid workers – the majority of whom are women – must be a priority in the forthcoming budget, according to the Nat(...)

The International Labour Organisation found men were paid more than women in all 38 countries examined. The biggest pay gap was in the US, where women earn $64.20 on average for every $100 earned by a man

Should women be paid less than men? The answer would obviously seem to be no. Yet it seems wage disparities are still alive, well and even widening(...)

‘The quota will rise to 40 per cent seven years after the upcoming general election.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I was taken aback by the sheer number of accomplished and inspiring women gathered in the one place. Perhaps others who attended the Beijing20 confere(...)

“Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only train carriages,” says British Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

One suspects that, for some people, anything British Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn says will be a red rag to their proverbial bull. (...)

Orla O’Connor: “When women are selected, they get elected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour, Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are on course to reach a legally required quota of women candidates for the next general election and retain their ful(...)

Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

All broadcasters worth their salt aspire to take the road less travelled and be different. But it’s understandable when, faced with the relentless (...)

‘Ireland’s failure to adequately challenge or respond to violence against women has come into serious national and international focus.’ Photograph: Getty Images

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has said “Violence against women takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a who(...)

The Department of Social Protection said that from July 2nd, a lone parent whose youngest child is seven years of age or older would “transition” from the one-parent family scheme onto another social welfare payment.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lone parents’ groups and others have called on the Government to reverse a change in policy on the ‘one-parent family’ payment, claiming many will be (...)

 Sinéad Burke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The next Mary Robinson could be sitting in this room,” says Shauna Kelly, pointing at a large framed photograph of Ireland’s former president. “Robin(...)