A Department of Justice executive committed to a review of legislation criminalising the purchase of sex to assess its impact on the  rights of sex workers. Photograph: Getty Images

A Government delegation to the United Nations has been criticised as “vague and unhelpful” in its responses to questions about abortion. Ireland was(...)

 Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon: asked after Thursday’s examination whether there had been “ongoing dialogue” between his office and Justice on extending his remit to direct provision centres, he said there had not. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon has disputed Government claims about the rights of children in direct provision made to a United Nations committ(...)

Prof Sir Nigel Rodley, UN Human Rights Committee chairman. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Much coverage of the UN’s scrutiny of Ireland’s human rights record, in Geneva this week, focussed on abortion and symphysiotomy. But the 18-member (...)