“Teenagers can’t go into pubs, and so forth. They are very isolated.” Bridgie Casey at the Minceirs Whiden meeting in Rosbrien, Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

“We’ve a pain on our shoulders from carrying coffins.” So said Bridgie Casey as she described the trauma of having 12 members of her extended family (...)

Independent TD Michael Harty said men had been issued with letters by State agency telling them to vacate their direct provision centres within four weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government agency has been accused of adding to homelessness because it is issuing eviction letters to men in direct provision who have been refused(...)

Government is now open to considering making physical or psychological violence against partners a specific offence following representations from several senators. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to consider introducing a specific offence of domestic violence later this year, a United Nations committee has heard. Earlier this(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton, who highlighted Ireland’s ‘strong’ human rights record in his opening address before the UN Committee Against Torture.

Ireland, for all its faults, is not a country normally associated with the practice of torture. The very appearance, therefore, of a Government deleg(...)

 A wreath in honour of former residents of the Magdalene laundries at the gates of the Dáil in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The United Nations has sharply criticised the State’s approach to alleged abuse in Magdalene laundries and its claims that there was no basis to belie(...)

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says it is concerned about the abuse and mistreatment in residential settings. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Human rights groups have raised concerns over the care of older people in nursing homes in Ireland, including allegations of widespread ill-treatment,(...)

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(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone with Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and  Ann Marie Gill, chairperson. Photograph: Eric Luke

The slow roll-out of specialist Garda units to investigate sexual crimes is among the matters the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre wants a United Nations Com(...)

Charlie  Flanagan: he  said  since the Supreme Court decision his department had been analysing and considering “this important and complex judgment”

The Government is to establish a taskforce to examine the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the absolute ban on working imposed on asylum seekers (...)

Coercive control is defined as a pattern of sustained emotional and psychological abuse of a partner through threats, intimidation, control and restrictions of liberty, coercive control has been recognised as a serious offence in UK law since 2015. Photograph: iStock

Domestic violence legislation currently before the Oireachtas will fail to respond to the “lived terror” of women and children if it fails to include (...)