A negative report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child  would be a blow to the Church whose leader, Pope Francis, is striving to put a number of scandals behind him since succeeding Benedict XVI. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests, a potential embarrassmen(...)

Women taking part in a public demonstration held by the group Survivors of Symphysiotomy outside Leinster Houselast month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Women who underwent symphysiotomies by having their pelvises unnecessarily broken during childbirth should be paid damages of up to €450,000, accordin(...)

A plaque dedicated to Magdalane Laundry survivors in St Stephens Green in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Survivors of the Magdalene laundries are to receive lump sum payments of between €11,500 and €100,000 for their time spent in the institutions, the Go(...)

Details of the fund that will be available to an estimated 700 women, many of them elderly, will be disclosed  this afternoon.

The Government has made a provision of at least €25 million to compensate former residents of Magdalene Laundries. It is also understood there is no p(...)

The ESRI says economic conditions are not the only factor influencing the decision to emigrate and many Irish emigrants were fleeing childhood trauma.

Older returning Irish emigrants are more likely to have been sexually abused as children and have a drink problem, according to new research publishe(...)

 St Patrick’s Institution  in  Dublin

On Ireland, the Amnesty report highlights prison conditions for young offenders. It also makes reference to the Savita Halappanavar case, savin(...)

A  group from the Irish Elderly Advice Network photographed at Cassidy’s Hotel Parnell Square after arriving in Dublin for the Gathering. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some of them had left Ireland more than 50 years ago, but yesterday 32 emigrants returned from Britain to spend a week as tour(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters march from the Dáil to the Department of Justice in Dublin yesterday to protest as part of a national day of action to end direct-provision living for asylum seekers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government will end up apologising for the damage done to children living in centres for asylum seekers, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine (...)

Dr Anthony McCarthy, psychiatrist at National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Suicidal pregnant women will continue to go abroad for abortions if they have to see psychiatrists, according to Dr Anthony Mc(...)

Dr. Anthony McCarthy, perinatal psychiatrist at Holles Street maternity hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Assembling six doctors to assess a pregnant woman’s request for abortion was a “sick joke” and would be “abusive”, a perinatal psychiatrist, wh(...)

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