In the Seanad in 1974, Mary Robinson tackled the personal and legal limbo of children born out of wedlock

More than four decades – shamefully – now separate us from the initial, courageous effort made by Mary Robinson and others to spotlight and remedy the(...)

Sports Direct CEO  Mike Ashley:  Among the many brands he  owns are Carlton, Dunlop, Donnay, Lillywhites, Slazenger, Karrimor, Campri, No Fear, Kangol, Firetrap, House of Fraser and Newcastle United Football Club. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

In a crazy nightmare that spun out of control this week, Sports Direct was confused with direct provision. Two systems that barely meet basic needs an(...)

Eight out of 10 Ryanair customers said in a Which? survey that  they were dissatisfied with the refund service they received after their flight was cancelled in 2020. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ryanair has been rated joint-worst airline for customer service by people who tried to get a refund after their flight was cancelled. The airline sco(...)

Pro-abortion protesters hold placards during a demonstration calling for abortion to be legalised in Northern Ireland, outside Belfast city hall in Belfast. File Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe a(...)

A Scottish independence rally in Glasgow in November 2019. Photograph: Andy Buchanan / AFP

Scotland could follow the example of the first Dáil a century ago and withdraw from the Westminster parliament if another independence referendum is n(...)

‘Ireland is in an Anglophone bubble that will be a disadvantage now that its future lies in the European Union.’

Ireland is in an Anglophone bubble that will be a disadvantage now that its future lies in the European Union while both Britain and the United States(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson  said the deal would allow the UK to ‘take sovereign control of our laws and our national destiny’. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s EU trade deal has cleared the House of Commons, as the British government seeks to rush approval through parliament in a single day. (...)

Led by Donkeys: Michael Gove, Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson on a protest billboard in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

2020 was always likely to end with deadlines falling and businesses panicking while Britain and the European Union struggled to agree a post-Brexit fr(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘We will be able to set our own standards, to innovate in the way that we want.’ Photograph: PA

European Union member states have started reviewing the trade and co-operation deal agreed with Britain on Christmas Eve as MPs prepare for a return t(...)

Ambassadors near the European Union during the special meeting of Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Ambassadors from the 27 European Union members were briefed on the contents of the Brexit trade deal on Christmas Day. The diplomats were being (...)

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