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 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Private companies and public sector employers will be compelled to publish the differences between their pay for women and men, under new legislation (...)

Senator Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Trinity College Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has said she considered joining Fine Gael recently to vote against Leo Varadkar becoming party leader a(...)

Candidates for the Fine Gael leadership Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) changed the header on its website hom(...)

 Dr Ali Selim, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, with Rabbi Zalman Lent, Leader of the Jewish community of Dublin. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Four years ago an alliance of religious groups in Ireland made a submission to the Constitutional Convention in which they said “the current reference(...)

In 2009,  discussing the issue of blasphemy and the law, then minister for justice Dermot Ahern said: “As a republican, my personal position is that church and State should be separate.” File photograph: Getty Images

In May 2009, at the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, then Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan was clear. Blasphemy provisions in the Defamati(...)

Students protest against the committal proceedings  taken in  High Court against four student leaders by Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in 1989. Photograph: Mark Maxwell

Nearly three decades ago, I was threatened with prison by Spuc (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was 1989; I was president of Trinit(...)

 Members of the Citizens’ Assembly casting their vote at its final meeting on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There was shouting and screaming. The sounds were shrill. It was Saturday, just passed. I was lying in my bed with the hangover of a 12-hour migraine(...)

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Large numbers of rape victims are being questioned about their sexual history in court, even when it has nothing to do with their allegations, figures(...)

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin said a 13.9% pay gap between men and women equates to a woman having to work for free for a month. Photograph: Collins

Companies with 50 employees or more would have to publish details of the pay discrepancies between male and female workers under proposals from the La(...)

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