The Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure declined to comment on Wednesday on whether nurses would still be allowed to move to the new scales from the beginning of March in the event of the new nursing contract not being finalised in time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government representatives held their first round of talks on Wednesday with nursing unions on a new contract which forms part of proposed settlement (...)

Éamon de Valera with members of his cabinet in December 1937 during the inauguration of the new Constitution, which further defined women’s place as in the home. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In December 1918, two women, Countess Constance Markievicz and Winifred Carney, ran for election on the island of Ireland and one, Markievicz, was ele(...)

Helena Molony (1883–1967), actor, republican, trade unionist, and feminist, was born on January 15th, 1883, at 8 Cole’s Lane, off Henry Street in Dubl(...)

Kathleen Lynn was born on January 28th, 1874, in Mullafarry, near Cong in Co Mayo, the second oldest of three daughters and one son of Robert Lynn, Ch(...)

A large anti-conscription demonstration in Dungannon. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

The anti-conscription campaign was arguably nationalist Ireland’s most complete, and bloodless, victory over British imperialism in the 20th century. (...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Temple Bar at night. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

1. The Gates to Hell Hell is shown on Rocque’s Map of Dublin for 1756 and links Fishamble Street to St Michael’s Hill and running through the south(...)

Felicity Hayes-McCoy: rhe silence surrounding the aspirations of the women who took part in the early political life of the Irish state did not come about by accident: though, as the title of my book implies, its genesis was complex

It was not as if I was unaware that Marion Stokes had been a member of Cumann na mBan. But along with that information came an unspoken sense that que(...)

Leaflets oppose support for the Voluteers and enlistment in the British Army - "Without the Irish the English would have been beaten by Napoleon a hundred years ago..."
The war against the War

Two of the most serious political casualties of the outbreak of war in August 1914 were the infant internationalist labour and women’s movements. I(...)

Trinity College students Jennifer Gartland (left) and Angelina Cox who won a competition to name Dublin’s newest bridge after Rosie Hackett. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Today they opened the Rosie Hackett Bridge. A bridge to celebrate the life, achievements and fighting spirit of a young, working class Dublin woman. R(...)

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