The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has ‘never truly been tested’ in the courts, a law lecturer has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has “never truly been tested” in the courts as a “protective guarantee” requir(...)

Labour senator Ivana Bacik: “Women effectively work for free for one month a year.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New laws compelling businesses to publish details on what they pay men and women are likely to come into force next year, after the Government accepte(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan had previously insisted the Chief Justice should chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil has proposed the appointment of a retired judge to chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission in a proposed compromise with the Govern(...)

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says  there should be access to abortion services “for reasons of a risk to the life, health or wellbeing of the woman, socio-economic or family circumstances, pregnancy due to rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormality”.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Government’s human rights watchdog, will on Wednesday call on the Government to introduce a refere(...)

Never hand over the deposit until you have seen the property in person and  are happy with its standards. Photograph: iStock

What do you need to know when renting a new home? What rights do you have if your landlord tries to put up your rent? Who can you turn to for support (...)

 Aine Magorrian, who was made redundant while on maternity leave and has settled a discrimination case for £9,000.  Photograph: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland/PA Wire

A Co Down woman who lost her job while on maternity leave has been awarded £9,000 in a sex discrimination case. SALIIS Ltd, a Northern Ireland renewa(...)

A torture chamber in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffe(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton: A Government delegation, led by Mr Stanton, will face questioning on issues including access to a lawyer for people in Garda custody and the impact of Ireland’s abortion regime on women and girls. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The treatment of people in Garda custody, including foreign nationals refused entry to Ireland, was among the issues raised at the UN Committee Agains(...)

Mental Health Reform director Dr Shari McDaid. Photograph: Alan Betson

The majority of mental health service users do not know how to complain about the treatment they receive, according to a new study. The pilot study o(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: said all 647 families in commercial hotels or B&Bs at the end of May would be contacted by the end of last month with information about their “move-on options”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of families in Dublin who have been homeless for more than two years has doubled in the space of eight months, new figures show. Underlini(...)

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