Rosa (For Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) campaigners dressed as handmaids pass anti-abortion activists at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For the opening day of the autumn Dáil session, after a 10-week break from parliamentary action, five backbench government TDs managed to drag themsel(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael think-in at the Hotel Minella, Clonmel. “I honestly don’t know if the public would go as far as what the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not believe the country would support the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on the issue of abortion. (...)

Even worse in terms of fostering ageism against our future selves is the diffusion of the sense of older people blocking access to housing for the homeless, a process we have already seen for “bed-blockers” and “delayed discharges”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One indicator of the Irish summer is the appearance of colourful kites along our wonderful beaches, lazily probing and capitalising on the often fickl(...)

Liam Neeson (then 64) in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 film Silence. Scorsese is 74. It is bizarre to   still refer  to people over 65 as “dependent”.

Imagine that there has been a widespread outbreak of burglaries, and the Minister of Justice responds by demanding that the burglars should be more up(...)

State pensions cost about €7 billion a year to finance and will rise alongside an ageing population – the proportion of those aged 65 and over rose by 14.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

The mandatory retirement age should be scrapped in Ireland, allowing people to continue working and contributing to their pension pots, an Oireachtas (...)

“Housing is not like other commodities. You can increase supply and the cost of housing can still increase...Homelessness is the most visible and extreme form of the violation of the right to housing.” File photograph: Getty Images

The Government must declare a housing emergency and call a referendum to insert a “right to housing” into the Constitution, trade unionists, legal exp(...)

  Citizens’ Assembly: TDs must decide if they should  frame a referendum which would permit the general availability of abortion along the lines of the assembly’s recommendations, or   offer the public a more restrictive regime. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The report of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas and politicians in Leinster House now face a choice(...)

Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – the novel about a totalitarian theocracy that has now been made into a TV series – is a regular visitor to Irish shores. Maybe she comes here for research. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu

It feels as if Ireland would do anything other than allow women to hold their fate in their own hands. As a country we have ceded decisions about wome(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stressed his desire to see a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution next year. Mr Harris (...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State should not make decisions about individuals’ sexual and reproductive health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.(...)

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