In his November 2011 inaugural address President Michael D Higgins said he intended holding  presidency seminars. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Over 50 events are planned to take place across the island of Ireland this year as part of an ethics initiative by President Michael D Higgins (...)

Margaretta D’Arcy. Prof Michael   O’Flaherty said that while he was not familiar with the details of the court judgment which had resulted in the three-month detention of the peace activist, he hoped that a “compassionate approach” would be taken towards someone who was “elderly and unwell”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A leading human rights academic has said he is “surprised and disappointed” by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are “n(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies Ireand’s Martin O’Brien will deliver the Dave Ellis lecture – in memory of the activist who worked with community groups in Dublin for more than 20 years – at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

The creation of a better society is most forcefully achieved by changing Government policies and practices, the most senior member of Atlantic Phil(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague (R) talks with Uganda fforeign minister Sam Kutes during the Commonwealth foreign ministers meeting today in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Getty Images

British television journalists who have reported on war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka were stopped from reaching the north of the country today by(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: PA

The failure to establish a truth process into the Northern Ireland conflict encourages tribal myth-making, the Human Rights Commission has said.An unr(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the launch of an  Irish Human Rights Commission annual report launch.  The Government says the merger   between the Equality Authority and the commission – to form the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission – will promote rights  issues in a more “efficient, effective and coherent way”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The number of cases taken by State equality and human rights bodies has collapsed by up to 66 per cent, according to a report to be published today.A (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Sam Reddy and Rebecca Harte  at the Patrick MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal last night. Photograph: Declan Doherty

“The republic that was created from the ashes of the rising was a perversion of the human rights ideals of 1916,” the outgoing Ombudsman and Inform(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has moved to shore up the independence of the proposed new regulator for the legal authority after his initial plans(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has moved to limit Government control of nominations to the proposed new regulatory authority for the legal profession

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has moved to limit Government control of nominations to the proposed new regulatory authority for the legal professi(...)

The impact of the global economic crisis on human rights in Ireland is the focus of international human right(...)

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