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Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on theit way into the Dáil this day last year to sit in the public gallery for the debate on the McAleese Magdalene report and an apology from Enda Kenny on behalf of the State. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A wreath will be laid at the gates of Leinster House at midday today to mark the first anniversary of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s apology to women w(...)

This year brings the opportunity of a referendum on removing Article 41 from our Constitution. This article ascribes to women a life within the home, and defines women as mothers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Today on Nollaig na mBan – a day when traditionally women sat back and let men take over housekeeping duties – we look forward and wonder will this be(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald will launch the new booklet on violence against women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland must show its commitment to eradicating all forms of male violence against women by ratifying a 2011 convention aimed at preventing such viole(...)

Caroline Roche at home in Cahir, CoTipperary: “It disgusts me”

Caroline Roche (32) from Cahir, Co Tipperary, is expecting her first baby in two months. Soon to be dependent on maternity benefit for her income she (...)

The cut in the higher rate of maternity benefit is being cut from €262 to €230 per week

The second effective cut to maternity benefit this year and the end of the One Parent Family tax credit for have been described as “anti-woman” and “a(...)

Protesters praying outside the Dáil as the debate took place over the abortion Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hundreds of people protested outside Leinster House to oppose and support the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. While le(...)

Savita Halappanavar (left of photo) with children at Galway's St Patrick's day parade.

Everyone used to call her “the girl with the diamond smile”, and not just because she had a tiny diamond in one of her teeth. Savita Halappanavar was (...)

 Childcare at Abington Wood, Malahide.

Parents can see the inspection reports on creches their children attend in one of two ways: by either asking the creche for the latest report o(...)

Marc MacSharry (FF) said the Minister should “outline his intended cuts to child benefit”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A call has been made for Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to address the Seanad about his comments on diverting child benefit to fund a seco(...)

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