Louise O’Reilly, Catherine Martin, Kate O’Connell, Norah Casey, Women for Election co-founder Niamh Gallagher, Fiona O’Loughlin  and Ivana Bacik at the Women for Election event.  Photograph:  Conor McCabe

The outcome of the general election was a vindication of the introduction of gender quotas, a seminar on women in politics was told on Thursday night.(...)

Just three TDs were present in the Dáil for a debate on legislation to introduce greater transparency and fairness to school admissions. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Just three TDs were present in the Dáil for a debate on legislation to introduce greater transparency and fairness to school admissions on Wednesday. (...)

Ellie Kisyombe at a   Dublin rally  calling for the end to the  direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of people in direct provision in Ireland for more than five years has halved to just over 600 since last year. However there are still 4,(...)

Ireland is one of the few EU member states without effective hate crime legislation, Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (fourth from left) said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Ireland is one of the few EU member states without effective hate crime legislation, Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony sa(...)

The Government is borrowing €13 million a day to fund spending and the State is not clear of all economic danger, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Government is borrowing €13 million a day to fund spending and the State is not clear of all economic danger, Minister for Public Expenditure Pasc(...)

The Bill was debated in the Dáil on Friday, but no agreed Government position could be outlined due to the ongoing dispute. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has said it will not settle for anything but a free vote on a Bill to allow for abortions in the cases of fatal foetal abnorm(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: says Bill will allow new fathers, including fathers of adopted children, to take paternity leave and a minimum paternity benefit of €230 a week for two weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Up to 40,000 fathers a year may apply for the new provision of two weeks’ paternity leave, which the Government hopes to have in place by the end of (...)

  Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald described the Women’s Aid report’s results as “very disturbing”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald hopes to publish stronger legislation to deal with domestic violence this year. She said the Consolidated Dom(...)

Fine Gael TD  Kate O’Connell said many of her colleagues in Fine Gael were “allergic” to the issue of the 8th amendment and did not want to engage. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD has strongly criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for increasing the number of Ministers of State, saying she was “deeply suspicious” of why(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: there are mixed views about what he should do with outspoken Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is expected to promote a number of women TDs to his front bench to counter one of his party’s weaknesses in the last(...)

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