An ESRI report published in January found 21 per cent of lone parent families in consistent poverty compared with 6 per cent of families with two parents. File photograph: Getty Images

How lone parents are treated in the budget will be a test of the Government’s commitment to gender equality, organisations and individuals advocating (...)

LÉ James Joyce conducting a rescue last year. File photograph: Defence Forces

The Department of Defence has denied that a Naval Service patrol ship was involved in any Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) exercise or operat(...)

‘The current Government’s motives in pursuing deletion of Article 41.2 have been called into question.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Article 41.2 of the Constitution – the so-called “women’s place is in the home” clause – is “archaic”, “sexist”, “offensive”, “patriarchal” and “misog(...)

The Constitution of Ireland –  Bunreacht na hÉireann. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the words of its critics, and there have been many down through the decades, article 41.2 of the Constitution – the so-called “women’s place is in (...)

Seanad Éireann in its  temporary home in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum of Ireland. File image: Maxwells.

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has said he expects all his party colleagues in the Oireachtas to support the abortion legislation. He told the S(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

 John McGuirk in the No campaign HQ, ‘Life House’, Gardiner Place, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s a supposedly democratic contest that has nonetheless raised suspicions, with long-standing rumours of votes swayed by underhand tactics and nefar(...)

The legislation consolidates all previous Acts dealing with domestic violence.

Landmark legislation to provide better protection for victims of domestic violence has passed all stages in the Seanad. The Domestic Violence Bill, b(...)

Majella McGuire Flanagan speaking to Campaigners for the No campaign  in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fine Gael Minister, a Fianna Fáil TD and an independent senator have all warned in recent days about the growing proliferation of unregulated online(...)

In January a former civil servant who sold the personal details of hundreds of people was sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/ Bloomberg

Government departments and other public bodies may face regulatory fines of up to €1 million for breaching people’s data protection rights after a Gov(...)

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