Orla O Connor

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Orla O’Connor, director of the NWC, said women in public life are regularly subjected to ‘often unrelenting abuse, particularly online’.

Irish political parties are not doing enough when it comes to supporting women who are subject to online abuse and threats, a new report suggests. Th(...)

Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Orla O’Connor to say current law ‘acts as a gatekeeper creating a series of obstacles that prevent access to abortion’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians will hear calls for a less restrictive abortion regime, including extending the current 12-week limit to allow terminations on request “up(...)

A Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality last year issued 45 recommendations for a programme for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The language used in the Irish Constitution “continues to perpetuate stereotypical attitudes towards the role of women” in society, the Irish human ri(...)

Rally will take place outside the Dáil at noon on Saturday, to mark International Women’s Day. File photograph: David Sleator

A rally on women’s equality which has been criticised for its exclusion of Government speakers is due to take place on Saturday. The National Women’s(...)

Head of the  Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeline Blackwell: ‘I actually think we have a society where the blinds are coming off. There is some change happening.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish society has been built around systemic gender and sexual violence but there are now encouraging signs of change, the head of the Dublin Rape Cri(...)

A  National Women’s Council event in St Stephen’s Green. “There is only one reason that a fuss has been raised about its exclusion of women politicians from Government parties from its rally (renamed as a protest) on March 5th. This time, they excluded powerful women.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The National Women’s Council (NWC) consists of insiders with unparalleled, unaccountable access to the corridors of power. It just likes to posture as(...)

Students are  actively campaigning for improved relationships and sexuality education in secondary schools. Photograph: iStock

The statistics make for disturbing reading. Some 244 women have been killed by men since 1996, according to Woman’s Aid; more than 1,100 female third (...)

The time lag between legislation on the right to request remote working and the return to offices already under way could lead to a new gender divide, Ictu warned. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Remote working is at risk of becoming “mommy-tracked”, or taken up disproportionately by women with care responsibilities, stakeholders are warning as(...)

People gather for a vigil at Leinster House, Dublin, for the murdered Ashling Murphy. Thousands of people attended vigils and memorials for the school teacher and musician over the weekend. Photograph: PA

In the wake of the killing of Ashling Murphy, in Tullamore, Co Offaly, vigils across the country heard calls for the young teacher’s death to be a wat(...)

Many women are nervous walking to, and from, stations and bus stops, while many feel unsafe in parks, or other open spaces. Pictured is the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, where Ashling Murphy was murdered on Wednesday evening.  Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Tougher legislation must be brought in to protect women from assault by men, but public spaces cannot become safe for women until men “change their be(...)

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