Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: took over in March after the resignation of Martin Callinan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Justice is depicted by a woman holding scales in one hand and a sword in the other. Following Frances Fitzgerald’s appointment as Minister for Just(...)

The Taoiseach has named Frances Fitzgerald as the new Minister for Justice. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (64) was first elected as a TD for Dublin South-East in 1992, but lost her seat in 2002.However, she was t(...)

From left: Cindy McCain, Trudy Styler, Ban Soon-Taek, Kim Cattrall, Naomi Campbell, Muna Rihani Al Nasser and Nassir Al-Nasser attend the “March in March” to end violence against women, at The United Nations last week on International Women’s Day. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

At the Beyoncé concert in the O2 arena in Dublin on Saturday night, lyrics from the song Flawless (...)

BMW: a nice car, but only if you can drive it.

In December 2010, I acted as MC for an Irish Congress of Trade Unions rally against the bank bailout and the arrival of the troika. The following week(...)

Yesterday’s cuts will force women back to work earlier after having children, say groups such as the National Women’s Council and the Children’s Rights Alliance

The young, the old and mothers-to-be will suffer most from budget spending cuts over the coming year, lobby groups warned last night.Maternity benefi(...)

 Mary Allen: remembered as a committed feminist who deeply believed in gender equality and social justice

Dr Mary Allen, who has died aged 60, was a lecturer at the UCD school of applied social science and former chair of the Women’s Aid board of directors(...)

Savita Halappanavar (left of photo) with children at Galway's St Patrick's day parade.

Everyone used to call her “the girl with the diamond smile”, and not just because she had a tiny diamond in one of her teeth. Savita Halappanavar was (...)

Giraffe Childcare at Belarmine, Stepaside, Co Dublin, which featured in the RTÉ Prime Time programme this week.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Eight years ago a State think-tank issued a damning report on childcare services in Ireland.The National Economic and Social Forum criticised the “gre(...)

 Childcare at Abington Wood, Malahide.

Parents can see the inspection reports on creches their children attend in one of two ways: by either asking the creche for the latest report o(...)

Eoin Murray of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, speaking at the Convention on the Constitution meeting to report recommendations to Houses of the Oireachtas on a review of the Dáil electoral system in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The constitutional convention has decided to review the size of Dáil constituencies, the number of TDs and non-parliamentary ministers at its n(...)

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