The commission notes that “the discriminatory abuse of at-risk people generally is not classed as a hate crime in Ireland”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Legislation allowing authorities to enter properties where they believe an elderly or vulnerable person is being abused is among the measures canvasse(...)

Fianna Fáil has said it  decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice to the party stated that such a proposal would be unconstitutional. Photograph: Getty Images

A new advocacy group launched on Wednesday will put pressure on politicians to commit to a referendum on inserting the right to a home into the Consti(...)

Mincéiri art,  Irish music, animal care and folklore form part of the cultural history of Travellers, say campaigners. Photograph: National Folklore Collection, UCD

The Department of Education has pledged to include Traveller culture and history on the curriculum – so what, specifically, would it look like? Anti-(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said ‘there is big hypocrisy in this debate’ as some politicians calling for action also object to housing projects. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The State is “letting children down” by having them live in emergency accommodation, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said. Mr Murphy was updat(...)

Joan Collins, TD (Independents 4 Change) said there should be “nothing about Travellers without Travellers.

Travellers must have “control and direction” over health strategies for the community if they are to have any impact, an Oireachtas committee heard on(...)

Senator Colette Kelleher (C) says a  Bill which would make Traveller history and culture part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school is a ‘milestone’ piece of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traveller history and culture would feature as an obligatory part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school under a piece of legislation that (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh pointed out that the school curriculum was determined through an extensive process conducted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which resulted in the production of syllabuses or specifications for each subject area.  File image: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Senator who championed legislation to ensure Traveller history and culture is taught as part of the school curriculum has expressed her regret at (...)

 Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey  was asked to refund  €1,977.11 following the audit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs and senators had to refund almost €10,000 in expenses this year after an audit found they could not provide supporting evidence to justify claimin(...)

Photograph: Getty

Schools may be breaching children’s constitutional rights by putting them on “reduced timetables” and, when doing so with Traveller children, violatin(...)

The judgment would benefit a small but significant number of refugees, said Catherine Cosgrave, of the  Immigrant Council of Ireland

A ruling that allows refugees who married after they first sought asylum to apply to have their spouse join them in Ireland, should not delay long-awa(...)

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