Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission says  there should be access to abortion services “for reasons of a risk to the life, health or wellbeing of the woman, socio-economic or family circumstances, pregnancy due to rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormality”.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Government’s human rights watchdog, will on Wednesday call on the Government to introduce a refere(...)

Case involved interpretation of discrimination provisions of the Equal Status Act 2000 in relation to provision of education services here

A student with dyslexia was not discriminated against because special explanatory notes were attached to her Leaving Certificate, the Supreme Court h(...)

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Emily Logan: said the Council of Europe had contacted her with a view to visiting Ireland to investigate the treatment of Travellers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has resolved to support the recognition of Traveller ethnicity, saying the Government will begin to take steps towards this end i(...)

Eilis Barry, the new CEO of the Free Legal Advice Centre.

The Free Legal Advice Centre (Flac) has appointed Eilis Barry as its new CEO. Ms Barry is a barrister and the former head of the legal section at the(...)

We Can Quit participants Elizabeth Ashe and Maura Corry with John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Andres Poveda

I’m at a seminar on advancing gender equality in healthcare. Words such as genderproofing services, gender-sensitive approaches and gender mainstreami(...)

‘Irish women’s book clubs have their own particular flavour, often of grapes.’ File photograph: Getty Images

One night recently I was awoken from deep slumber by the sound of intense discussion and some raucous laughter outside. While half contemplating ris(...)

The late Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

When Adrian Hardiman was at UCD in the early 1970s, mixing in a circle of friends that centred on the history faculty and the debating chamber of the(...)

The woman’s employer agreed she could avail of maternity leave but, because the employer does not pay maternity leave allowance, she applied to the Department of Social Protection for the State allowance, but was refused on grounds she was not eligible.

A woman whose child was born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement has lost her High Court action alleging the State’s refusal to pay her maternity b(...)

Luke Field from Cork and Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre in Dublin for the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A planned change to equality law will “raise the bar” so high that schools and hospitals will not be allowed to discriminate against staff or job a(...)

As well as the Sesame Street characters, the icing was to have the Queerspace logo and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. The evangelical Christian McArthur family, which owns the bakery, refused the order because it would be “at odds with our beliefs”. Photograph: Getty Images

So, this week’s battlefield in the culture war is a cake decorated with pictures of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. The verdict in the Belfast “gay(...)

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