‘People living in Northern Ireland have no desire to go back to the days when two people born on the same street grow up with two different sets of rights.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Brexit has taken up an extraordinary amount of media time and space since the United Kingdom made its decision to withdraw from the European Union in (...)

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The State failed in its duty of care to the women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Speak(...)

Rising Social Democrats star Sinéad Gibney with comedian Des Bishop and Catherine Murphy TD.

During Thursday’s statements on the referendum result, Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell, who played a very active role in the campaign, referred to comments(...)

The cancellation of the scheme was one of the final disputes between the DUP and Sinn Féin that eventually collapsed Stormont in January 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Stormont’s Department for Communities (DfC) failed to carry out necessary equality tests before cutting a £50,000 Irish language bursary scheme for di(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said the appointments ‘bring significant legal, academic and practical expertise’ to the organisation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has appointed five new members to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Mr Higgins presented the warrants of a(...)

The report recommended that each government department should develop its own goals for promoting opportunities for women.  Photograph: iStock

The Government should place gender-equality goals at the heart of its budgetary plans, a report by the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight has(...)

Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Ombudsman for Children has said there is “no justifiable reason” to allow schools to give children of past pupils priority in their enrolment. At(...)

Rosaleen McDonagh, at home in Dublin. “For those of us who have impairments, and are from black and minority ethnic communities, the impact of implicit and explicit racism has no subtlety.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Injury to one is injury to all.” These were the words of Ethel Brooks, Roma feminist and scholar, at Dublin Castle last month during the Bringing Hum(...)

The court was told 78 patients were currently the subject of the long-term detention orders at issue while a further 15 patients in the Central Mental Hospital, above, would also be affected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Court of Appeal has found a key provision of the Mental Health Act 2001 governing the long-term detention of up to 100 people in psychiatric insti(...)

Gay rights activist Gareth Lee, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The man at the centre of the “gay cake” case is bearing a “heavy burden” because of the legal battle, the Supreme Court in Belfast has heard. The cas(...)

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