Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The Government will not sacrifice the hard-won gains that have been achieved by the Irish people over the last number of years.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The Government will put its own “strategy” in place to best manage the industrial relations process, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He told Sinn Féin(...)

Caitlin and Thomas McCarthy at Spring Lane halting site in Cork city. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

A year after 10 people died in a fire at an unofficial Traveller site in Carrickmines, Dublin, the number of Traveller families living in such conditi(...)

The European Committee of Social Rights  on Monday ruled Travellers’ human rights were being violated in Ireland due to the ongoing failure to provide adequate accommodation. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The Department of Justice and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) have clashed over whether a European ruling on Travellers’ right(...)

Helen Stokes and Chardonnay McDonagh at St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Travellers’ human rights are being violated by the Irish Government’s failure to provide enough accommodation and to maintain many sites at an accepta(...)

A home in Tor na Rí, Balgaddy, Lucan in 2011 showing damp and cracks. Mary Cooney who has lived in Balgaddy for eight years said nothing had improved since she spoke to The Irish Times in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents from 20 local authority estates in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, who say poor housing conditions breach their human rights, have urged the Gove(...)

Carole Quinn showing mould in her flat in Inchicore, Dublin: she hopes the collective complaint will ‘get us some answers and force the council to come up with a plan’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Carol Quinn “loves the community” in Bernard Curtis House flats in Bluebell, Dublin, where she lives with her sons, aged nine and 11, and her 20-year-(...)

Among the poor housing conditions cited are persistent damp, mould growing inside homes, persistent bad odours, poor plumbing and lack of central heating. Library photograph: Thinkstock

A class action against the State, taken by residents of 20 local authority estates, alleging poor-quality housing is breaching their human rights, has(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors complained over the Government ban on their participation in trade union action. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Council of Europe has upheld an earlier ruling permitting members of the Garda Síochána to strike and participate in trade union action.In a rulin(...)

The European Committee of Social Rights ruling means gardaí will now be able to strike and negotiate pay. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí have won the right to strike in a landmark decision handed down by the Council of Europe.The Council’s European Committee of Social Rights uphe(...)

ISPCC director of services Caroline O’Sullivan said the numbers show that the time is right to implement a complete ban. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new study has revealed the number of Irish parents slapping their children has increased while 57 per cent of adults would support making physical (...)

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