Orla O Connor

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Ailbhe Smyth, former co-director of Together for Yes, said there were less Irish women accessing UK abortion services.

There has been a significant drop in the number of Irish women accessing abortion support services in the UK since the referendum to repeal the eighth(...)

Co-directors of Together For Yes (left to right) Ailbhe Smyth, Gráinne Griffin and Orla O’Connor. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Women have been intimidated when accessing abortion services in the State and such “chilling” behaviour could deter more doctors from signing up to pr(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment  Richard Bruton, as well as Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty.

The Government is poised to ratify the Istanbul Convention as part of a special cabinet meeting on International Women’s Day, which takes place on Fri(...)

Karen McEvoy (24), from Tallaght, who died in Naas General Hospital of suspected sepsis on Christmas day 2018, one week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital.

Three separate investigations are now under way into the death of Karen McEvoy (24), a mother of three suspected of dying of sepsis a week after givin(...)

Vicky Phelan and Martina Fitzgerald pictured at FemFest conference.Photograph: Tom Honan

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has criticised the “paternalistic, misogynistic” attitude of many in the medical profession. Ms Phelan was di(...)

Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council said  up to date data on sexual violence is urgently needed. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Serious concerns were raised on Wednesday that the first report in almost two decades on the extent of sexual violence in Ireland will take five years(...)

International Men’s Day: the FAI, a White Ribbon ambassador, supports the campaign each year with a key match

“We want a sense of belonging. Men and women, we all want to be part of something, and are looking for a sense of identity. For a man, for a lot of pe(...)

A montage of images of UCD’s “gentle revolution in 1968-69. Photograph: The University Observer

In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. (...)

Speakers attending the Parnell Summer School in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow from leeft Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queens University ,and Dr Sonja Tiernan, Modern History, Liverpool. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. Just 21 per cent of lo(...)

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