Nuala Fennell

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Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: ‘We cannot have a law that provides unrestricted access to information about one’s identity to the adopted person.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Tuesday, December 10th, 1991: Ireland was in the midst of a vitally important debate about an agreement that would create the European Union as we now(...)

The year 1984 became notorious for a number of stories involving women, pregnancy outside marriage, and their treatment by society, church and State(...)

Garda Majella Moynihan in 1998: As senior gardaí interrogated her, she was subjected to a lay version of a Catholic marriage tribunal. Photograph: RTÉ

In September 1922, in the midst of the Civil War, Eoin O’Duffy was appointed commissioner of the new Civic Guard, shortly to be renamed An Garda Síoch(...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

Thousands of people are still tormented in their own homes by the very people who should cherish them.

It has been 44 years since Nuala Fennell, a leader of the women’s movement, wrote a letter to The Irish Times, drawing attention to the problem of do(...)

Mary O’Rourke (back row, second right) at Áras an Uachtaráin for the swearing in of the new Fianna Fáil Cabinet in March 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I was elected to Dáil Éireann in November of 1982, and on a Sunday, in January of 1983, Enda – my late husband – and I were at home in Athlone. I was (...)

Nell McCafferty has said she is a reluctant supporter of abortion. File photograph:  Collins

Veteran women’s rights campaigner and journalist Nell McCafferty is a reluctant supporter of abortion, a conference has heard. Ms McCafferty, a found(...)

Minister for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell (centre) at a reception for the Irish women’s hockey squad in 1986.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell was “not disposed to assist” a Derry group who had applied for a grant in 1986, according to documents rel(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  says young women today are shocked when they visit the Dáil to see how few women are TDs though the percentage, at 22 per cent, is the highest ever. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The rising number of women holding Cabinet positions is helping to change the “dynamic” of Government, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzg(...)

Former  minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell: “I am sorry to say that our record over the past two years does not stand up to scrutiny.”  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

A strongly worded complaint about the government’s record of promoting women to State boards was sent to then finance minister Alan Dukes in 1985 by (...)

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