Meeting the needs of all citizens should be central to our publicly funded schools. Photograph: iStock

As the public consultation on addressing the issue of the “baptism barrier” in school admissions closes, the Department of Education is due to hold a (...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

The man  also sought declarations and damages over an   alleged breach of his rights to liberty and security under the European Convention on Human Rights.  Photograph:  Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A man has lost his High Court challenge to the law requiring sex offenders to notify change of address to gardaí. The man (31) had pleaded guilty in 2(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

A Traveller family from Limerick participating in a Travellers’ rights protest in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Aren’t we a great little nation, all the same? Hasn’t it been nice to spend the last few weeks basking in the glow of the world’s approval? Better (...)

Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley in the High Court ruled that the mechanism in Ireland to determine if a suspect was a victim of trafficking was inadequate to meet obligations under an EU directive.

A High Court judge has said Ireland has failed to adequately comply with its obligations under EU law towards victims of human trafficking. An EU dir(...)

‘Women who agree to be surrogate mothers lie to themselves for nine months to avoid cognitive dissonance.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The recent Supreme Court judgment that the woman who gives birth must be the mother named on the birth certificate was fair and best for children. The(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: it is “no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Traveller ethnicity will be “a reality” in six months, the Minister of State for Equality has said. Aodhán Ó Riordáin, speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Traveller family who were refused access to a funeral home to wake their son have been awarded maximum compensation of €6,384 by the Equality Tribun(...)

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