President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

Anti-abortion campaigner Bernadette Smyth was among many in the the courtroom for the hearing. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has won High Court permission to challenge abortion law in Northern Ireland. A judge in Belfast has grant(...)

A legal challenge to the abortion law in Northern Ireland will be heard next month, it has been confirmed .  File photograph of pregnancy test: Thinkstockphoto

A legal challenge to the abortion law in Northern Ireland will be heard next month, it has been confirmed . The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissi(...)

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s call for immediate action on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest and lethal foetal abnormality was raised in Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has called for “immediate action” on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cas(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Edwin Poots: ‘disappointed’ by court ruling refusing leave to appeal

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region.

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting.Northern Ireland’s Minist(...)

Senior judges today paved the way for same-sex and unmarried couples to adopt children in Northern Ireland.   Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Senior judges today paved the way for same-sex and unmarried couples to adopt children in Northern Ireland. The Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by the(...)