A garda working on the Border between counties Cavan and Fermanagh. Human rights groups have warned the EU’s draft Brexit treaty risks breaching the  Belfast Agreement by creating a difference in human rights protections on the island of Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

People in Northern Ireland should continue to be entitled to EU citizenship and to vote in European elections post-Brexit, a north-south committee on (...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said a voluntary patient who expresses a desire to leave a secure unit remains free in principle to do so at any convenient time and may not be restrained except in accordance with the detention power under Section 23 of the Mental Health Act 2001.

A Dublin psychiatric hospital had no legal basis for preventing a voluntary patient from leaving a locked secure unit when he tried to go, the Court o(...)

 Emily Logan said the poverty experienced by more than half the 5,000 Roma living in the State was ‘relentless’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Roma children in Ireland are going to school “starving” due to high levels of poverty, a leading member of the community said on Thursday. Gabi Munt(...)

The conclusion to Bea Worton’s challenge in the High Court in Belfast was confirmed following a decision by councillors to review the future of Raymond McCreesh Park in Newry

A grandmother’s legal action over a playground named after an IRA hunger striker ended today – but she retains the right to resurrect her case if a ne(...)

Emily Logan,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission:  the commission will discuss concerns among civil society groups about Ireland’s electoral funding laws.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Foreign donations from legitimate organisations to Irish human rights campaigning groups should not necessarily have to be returned, Emily Logan, the (...)

The SDLP has rejected unionist criticism of its decision not to rename the Raymond McCreesh play park in Newry. Newry and Mourne District Council on(...)

The Supreme Court has found in principle the ‘absolute prohibition’ on asylum seekers seeking employment is contrary to the constitutional right to seek employment.

The Supreme Court has told the State it will make a formal declaration next February that the absolute ban preventing asylum seekers working here is u(...)

Non-Irish nationals comprise 17 per cent of the population. In the Civil Service, where just 3 per cent of the workforce are foreign-born. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An audit of Irish public-sector organisations has indicated that only one in 20 has policies for integrating immigrants into the workplace. The absen(...)

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has ‘never truly been tested’ in the courts, a law lecturer has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has “never truly been tested” in the courts as a “protective guarantee” requir(...)

Labour senator Ivana Bacik: “Women effectively work for free for one month a year.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New laws compelling businesses to publish details on what they pay men and women are likely to come into force next year, after the Government accepte(...)

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