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Independents4Change TD Clare Daly became emotional in the Dáil on Tuesday as she described the abortion referendum result as ‘an enormous weight being lifted’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly became emotional in the Dáil on Tuesday as she described the abortion referendum result as “an enormous weight being(...)

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony  at Together for Yes HQ, Upper Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

The No side in the Eighth Amendment debate has been accused of being callous towards Irish women who have had to have abortions abroad. A group of w(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland called for  an end to “exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome to promote campaign views”.

All sides in the abortion referendum debate must “stop exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome” the main representative group for people and(...)

The World Conference on Women's Health at the RDS was told women’s and children’s rights were more vulnerable in patriarchal societies

The concept of “family values” can undermine the rights of women and children, a United Nations health expert has warned Dainius Puras, UN special ra(...)

Labour Senator and right-to-choose campaigner Ivana Bacik said the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission should consider taking a case to the High Court in Dublin in the light of the ruling on abortion in Belfast.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

It is “entirely possible” a case asserting the Republic’s abortion regime breached women’s human rights would be taken here, the executive di(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015 which will enable same-sex couples to marry in Ireland. Tánaiste Joan Burton signed an accompanying regulation under the Civil Registration Act 2004 at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015 at Dublin Castle on Tuesday evening. (...)

Although this book has many moving moments, it is not filled with flourish or colour. It is as considered and careful, in its tone, as the campaign was, and all the more useful for that.

Gay people in Ireland over the past half-century have been lucky with their leaders, and indeed supporters. While figures such as David Norris, Kat(...)