Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Elizabeth Coppin: ‘We have been conned and scammed and they’re still denying our human rights were violated.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

A Magdalene survivor, who says she has been denied justice by the State for over 20 years, is taking her case to the United Nations. The UN Committe(...)

Elizabeth Coppin: alleges her human rights continue to be violated by the State’s “refusal to properly investigate” the alleged abuses she experienced in laundries between 1951 and 1968.    Photograph:  Joanne O’Brien

A case before the United Nations, in which a Magdalene survivor alleges she is being denied justice by the Irish State, could have far-reaching implic(...)

Elizabeth Coppin,  at her home in England. ‘Ireland has never acknowledged the truth of what happened in the laundries.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Elizabeth Coppin (70) feels “very bitter” towards the Catholic Church but “much worse towards the Irish State”. “They failed to protect me and thousa(...)

The back wall of the Magdalene laundry on Gloucester Street in Dublin, which closed in 1996. The remaining structure was demolished last year. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

This year, politicians must do what is right by survivors and family members of deceased victims of all forms of so-called historical abuse in Ireland(...)

A copy of the Amnesty International Report 2017/18. Photograph: Reuters

Increasing homelessness, conditions in direct provision centres, sex workers’ rights and restrictions on women’s and girls’ reproductive rights are am(...)

The focus of the Sage submission on legislative measures may deflect attention from the multiplicity of changes needed to minimise or eliminate unnecessary deprivation of liberty

A stand-out experience of the summer holidays was a stand-up paddle board “surfari” up the Cloghane estuary on the Dingle peninsula in Co Kerry. Altho(...)

A wreath left at the gates of the Dáil on the first anniversary of then Taoiseach Enda Kennys apology to survivors of Magdalene laundries in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland received a “could do better” report from the United Nations Committee Against Torture, following detailed hearings in Geneva last July. Concer(...)

Human rights watchdog concerned that legislation to provide for right to a lawyer has been passed but still not implemented six years later

The UN Committee against Torture has criticised the Government for failing to implement legislation guaranteeing those in Garda custody the right to l(...)

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mothe(...)

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