Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: announced establishment of Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes last week. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Magdalene laundries and County Homes should be included in terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes , four ad(...)

Beyoncé: The singer features in a new campaign that urges girls to take leadership without the fear of being labelled ‘bossy.’ Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The first thing to land in my inbox on International Women’s Day last Saturday was an email from Agent Provocateur, the posh, sexy lingerie company(...)

Ireland’s top business women celebrate International Women’s Day at Dublin Castle. Pictured speaking  is Mary Kennedy. Photograph: Suzanne Thompson Circus Photography

LISA BLAKE Political parties are failing to attract female election candidates because some women don’t like the adversarial a(...)

Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Orla O’Connor, who was at the launch of the report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Dublin today. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Irish women’s freedom of movement, as well as their full participation in social, economic and political life is being affected by their fear o(...)

Orla O’Connor, Susan O’Keeffe, Mary O’Rourke and Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of the new report yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson 2:23

Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a m(...)

MEP Nessa Childers says women are shouted at, intimidated and bullied in politics.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

MEP Nessa Childers said she knows from experience that women in politics are “shouted at, bullied and intimidated into submission”. The Europea(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on theit way into the Dáil this day last year to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report and an apology from Enda Kenny on behalf of the State. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A wreath will be laid at the gates of Leinster House at midday today to mark the first anniversary of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to women w(...)

Margaretta D’Arcy. Prof Michael   O’Flaherty said that while he was not familiar with the details of the court judgment which had resulted in the three-month detention of the peace activist, he hoped that a “compassionate approach” would be taken towards someone who was “elderly and unwell”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A leading human rights academic has said he is “surprised and disappointed” by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are “n(...)

This year brings the opportunity of a referendum on removing Article 41 from our Constitution. This article ascribes to women a life within the home, and defines women as mothers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Today on Nollaig na mBan – a day when traditionally women sat back and let men take over housekeeping duties – we look forward and wonder will this be(...)

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients

Retailers are supporting calls for the restoration of the Christmas bonus to social welfare recipients. A number of TDs and non-governmental organisat(...)