The forum was established when maternity leave for Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, and issues surrounding it, ‘brought into sharp focus the inadequacies of the system’. File photograph: The Irish Times

A referendum should be held to allow proxy voting for TDs and Senators on maternity, paternity and sick leave and to allow them participate remotely i(...)

A 2019 working group report into contraception access stated that free contraception for all women would cost the State €80m-€100m annually. File photograph: Getty

The Government has made a concerted effort in Budget 2022 to woo women voters, after a year in which it was accused of placing women’s healthcare bott(...)

‘The World Health Organisation predicted Ireland was on course to become the country with the highest obesity rate in Europe even before the pandemic sparked an increase in junk food consumption and reduced physical activity levels,” according to IHF director of advocacy Chris Macey.

Budget 2022 delivered “a triple whammy against children’s health”, according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) which pointed to what it regards as a(...)

‘It’s too much to expect people in cases like sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination or complex equal pay cases to have the resources or capacity to represent themselves.’ Illustration: Getty

Women’s equality is being held back by the refusal of the State to support those taking workplace discrimination or harassment cases, a leading voice (...)

‘It has taken me years to realise my physical appearance should not and does not affect my ability to do what I want to do,’ says 22-year-old Dubliner Sophie Kane. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Young women want to be leaders, but doubts about self-image hold them back, a new survey has found. “It has taken me years to realise my physical appe(...)