Minister of State for higher education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor says new women-only professorships are a “game changer”.  Photo : Laura Hutton

The first of up to 45 women-only professorships aimed at tacking gender inequality in higher education are due to be made before the end of this year.(...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘Projects such as BusConnects are intended to improve the lives of residents, not to rip the heart out of their village, their community.’

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor is the latest high profile Fine Gael politician to criticise the State’s proposed BusCon(...)

Local election candidate Samantha Long canvasses with Senators Victor Boyhan (left) and Michael McDowell in Dartry, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

“Let’s be honest,” says Padraig Hartigan, as he gestures towards his well-to-do neighbourhood of St Kevin’s Park in Darty, Dublin 6. “What issues do w(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with the head of the policy and strategy unit at the Department of Health Rhona Gaynor (left) and Sexual Assault Treatment Unit director Dr Maeve Eogan at the publication of a report on strengthening care for sexual assault victims. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A national plan is needed to counter rising levels of sexual violence, according to Minister for Health Simon Harris. “We have to create a culture w(...)

UCC students posting a mural which tackles rape myths and normalised everyday abuse to the wall of the Boole Library. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report (...)

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor says harassment and assault are experiences too common for many third-level students. Photograph: Laura Hutton

All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned r(...)

UCC students posting a mural  which tackles rape myths and normalised everyday abuse to the wall of the Boole Library. Photograph: Clare Keogh.

Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it (...)

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

Lorraine Lordan (left) of Cartoon Saloon and  former  Irish rugby international Fiona Steed pictured at Network Ireland’s Celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur

Women need to focus on building resilience and grasping opportunities, a conference held in Limerick to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday (...)

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and  Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland,  are pictured at a  European Conference  in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Maxwells.

International Women’s Day is in danger of becoming “what holy days used to be” and “a chance to skive off with friends”, the Minister of State for Hig(...)

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