State pensions cost about €7 billion a year to finance and will rise alongside an ageing population – the proportion of those aged 65 and over rose by 14.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

The mandatory retirement age should be scrapped in Ireland, allowing people to continue working and contributing to their pension pots, an Oireachtas (...)

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

The insistence of the Government spokesman that all Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s ministerial appointments were based on merit was “very offensive”, one of(...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “Ireland must hold a referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment . . . and introduce legislation . . . This must include the removal of all criminal sanctions on women.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State should not make decisions about individuals’ sexual and reproductive health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.(...)

The reforms will bring to an end the much-criticised practice of most sex crimes being investigated by the Garda member who responded to the initial emergency call.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Front-line gardaí will no longer investigate rapes or child sexual abuse under radical policing reforms. Instead, all such crimes will be investigate(...)

Campaign groups have welcomed the setting up of the new units. Photograph: iStock

Four new Garda units go live across the State on Friday in an effort to crack down on sex crimes and domestic abuse. Gardaí say the Divisional Prote(...)

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan said the thanks of the State should go to the Sisters of Charity for their “brave decision” and to the Minister for Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital Peter Boylan has said he feels personally vindicated by the decision of the Religious Sisters of (...)

People Before Profit’s Hazel de Nortúin  and her daughter  Zara  at their home. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Three Dublin city councillors, who recently had to return to work within weeks of giving birth want to see the introduction of paid maternity leave fo(...)

A petition  against the Sisters of Charity  owning the new NMH has had more than 100,000 signatures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 1,500 people marched under glorious Dublin sunshine on Sunday calling on the Government to ensure the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) (...)

Women’s Rights groups say that labelling abuse within a relationship as a distinct crime would send a message to society the issue is being taken seriously. Photograph: iStock

Forthcoming domestic violence legislation will not make abuse of a partner or spouse a specific offence, it has been confirmed. In 2014, a cross-part(...)

Not having an official record of the extent and depth of the problem is a massive barrier to ending violence against women. Photograph:  Enrique Algarra/Imagefile

At least one in five women in Ireland experience domestic or sexual abuse during their lifetimes. We know from resolved cases that more than half of w(...)

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