Unknown Magdalene Laundry with women at work: Women, the working classes and the poor  suffered inordinately at the hands of those newly established in power.

Dublin’s Mansion House Round Room has hosted many historic occasions: the first meeting of Dáil Éireann in January 1919 and the dramatic turnout of th(...)

‘I don’t feel fantastic. I don’t feel joyful. And speaking to women over the weekend, I know I am not alone.’ Above: Yes campaigners  wait for the official result of the Irish abortion referendum, at Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 26th. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

On the morning of Saturday May 26th, my Dad beamed at me. The official referendum result had yet to be announced, but it was already clear that Irelan(...)

A shrine in the corner of part of the site of the former mother-and-baby home where the remains of an unknown number of infants were found buried, in Tuam. Photograph: Reuters

Survivors and family members of the 796 ‘Tuam babies’ warned on Sunday that the Irish authorities can expect public protests if they fail to carry out(...)

Pope John Paul II about to board an Aer Lingus plane following his visit to Ireland in 1979. File photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A few years ago, Eugene O’Brien and I started work on a book of essays entitled Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyn(...)

Government is now open to considering making physical or psychological violence against partners a specific offence following representations from several senators. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to consider introducing a specific offence of domestic violence later this year, a United Nations committee has heard. Earlier this(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton, who highlighted Ireland’s ‘strong’ human rights record in his opening address before the UN Committee Against Torture.

Ireland, for all its faults, is not a country normally associated with the practice of torture. The very appearance, therefore, of a Government deleg(...)

Anne Maree Barry and Patricia Cronin

Glance through the plate glass window of the Lab on Foley Street and you’ll find that New York-based artist Patricia Cronin has transformed the main g(...)

Departing Taoiseach Enda Kenny photographed in Dublin on Monday. “He bounds out of office with that cheese-wire cut grin of his, ever youthful and excited about the glow of three-pension heaven that awaits him.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As Enda Kenny prepares to leave office, the State remains as corrupt as it was when he arrived in 2011 with a massive majority and mandate for reform.(...)

People protest outside the Department of Health in Dublin at plans to grant ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity religious order. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Some 200 people protested at the Department of Health on Thursday afternoon against the Government’s plans to give the new National Maternity Hospital(...)

The relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to the St Vincent’s hospital campus in Dublin involves the largest single investment made in maternity services in the State. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A religious congregation which has failed to date to provide its share of funds to a redress scheme for institutional abuse victims, is to be given ow(...)

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