Pro-choice advocates outside the High Court in Belfast where where a case involving a mother who was prosecuted for securing abortion pills for her daughter was due to take place. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

A legal challenge involving a woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter in Northern Ireland has been adjourned. Before the c(...)

Take Back the City: masked gardaí and private security contractors outside 34 North Frederick Street in Dublin on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Jack Power

Andrew Butler was one of four housing activists sitting around a table, drinking tea, at 34 North Frederick Street on Tuesday evening when they heard (...)

Housing activists removed from a Dublin city centre property that they had been occupying for the last three weeks.Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

What’s the story here? For the last three weeks housing activists have been occupying 34 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1. On August 28th, the owne(...)

 A composite image shows two women who were each caned six times  after they pleaded guilty at the Sharia High Court to homosexual activity in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting lesbian sex in a car were caned in court watched by dozens of people on Monday, local media and a state go(...)

 The  former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

A proposal to stop the sale of the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain will be put to Dublin city co(...)

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: was first arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in Evin Prison. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty

They are two women among hundreds of political prisoners in Iran. Both are incarcerated on the women’s ward of Tehran’s Evin Prison. Both have receive(...)

The mass detention and torture of innocent people during the Syrian civil war has turned into a ‘massacre’, people gathered at a vigil in Dublin were told. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees could face imprisonment, torture, rape and death if they are forced to return to their home country and live unde(...)

Luis Magallanes with pianist and humanitarian Gabriella Montero.

In early May, Luis Magallanes went to a local market in Barcelona to buy supplies. He had only been in the city for a couple of days and he was still (...)

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attended the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images.

An organiser of Sunday’s papal Mass in the Phoenix Park has estimated that 200,000 people attended the Dublin event, based on the amount of communion (...)

The Stand4Truth protest at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin which was held at the same time as  the Papal Mass at Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA

Survivors and their families were among thousands of people who attended a rally in solidarity with victims of clerical abuse in Dublin. The Stand4Tr(...)

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