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The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called on the Government to increase maternity, paternity and parent’s benefit to €295 per week. Photograph: iStock

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called on the Government to increase maternity, paternity and parent’s benefit to €295 per week. T(...)

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin revealed how she had been subject to regular harassment by a professor at the university. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times

President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks, has confirmed he contacted lecturer and broadcaster Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin on Sunday evening, to perso(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said ‘when it comes to sexual harassment in third-level institutions there is a zero tolerance policy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is “a real epidemic in our country” around the issues of consent and sexual violence, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. “We (...)

The programme for government describes domestic violence as an “epidemic”. Photograph: Getty Images

Organisations working to combat domestic violence are “deeply concerned” at moves they say will “downgrade” the issue by moving it out of the Departme(...)

President of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald has said extending parent’s leave is ‘not enough’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The extension of paid parent’s leave “falls far short” of the needs of women on maternity leave during lockdown, the National Women’s Council of Irela(...)

President Michael D Higgins presents new Ministers with their seal of office. Photograph: Maxwells

The appointment of only four senior female Cabinet Ministers is a “missed opportunity” directly linked to the lack of women candidates put forward in (...)

Nine of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees are women. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The inclusion of nine women among the Taoiseach’s eleven nominees to the Seanad has been welcomed by women’s groups though the absence of a person of (...)

So-called baby rooms are often uneconomical to run because of the carer-child ratios required for the care of very young children. Photograph: iStock

A group of 20 TDs have called on the Government to extend maternity leave benefits for women who were on maternity leave at the height of lockdown mea(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said  health officials and the HSE were ‘working together with some urgency to revise the model of care for termination of pregnancy services’ during the pandemic. Photograph: PA.

Doctors and women’s groups are concerned that timely access to abortion services could be compromised during the coronavirus outbreak. They say the l(...)

 Newly elected TD’s from left Jennifer Carroll Mac Neill (FG),  Holly Cairns (Soc Dems) and Claire Kerrane (SF) spoke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland ‘Celebrate the Changemakers’ conference in advance of International Women’s Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

On her first day in Cork County Council, Holly Cairns watched as a colleague walked around congratulating the newly elected representatives. “He sai(...)

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