File image of cousins Ann  and Maryann during a celebration  of Traveller ethnicity at   Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Racism among teachers towards Traveller children must be addressed as part of any move to teach Traveller culture in schools, a leading expert on dive(...)

The Citywide Drugs Crisis campaign, which supports the decriminalisation of drugs possession for personal use, wants the public to make submissions to the Department of Health on the issue. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost three-quarters of recorded drugs offences last year were “possession for personal use”, using up resources better deployed helping drug-users a(...)

The strategy says ageing heroin users are an emerging cohort with particular health needs, including “dental deterioration and special health needs caused by long-term drug use” . Photograph: Getty Images

The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming (...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s Easter Monday, and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations, although like a good little pedant, I’m saving marking the occasion properly until(...)

Minister of State for Equality and New Communities Aodhain O’Riordain is due to visit an asylum centre this morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A parish priest has said he will visit an asylum seeker centre this morning despite being asked not to attend. Monsignor John Byrne, the parish pries(...)

Legal adviser to the Pro Life CampaignCaroline Simons: ‘For the first time in our history, it is now legal to deliberately target the life of an innocent human being.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is a “defeat of all those who uphold good medical practice,” according to the Pro Life Campaign, which wil(...)