Prof. Siobhan Mullally, Director Irish Centre of Human Rights, NUIG speaking at The Citizens’ Assembly, session on The Family on Sunday at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has an “incredibly low” divorce rate and one of the highest birth rates in Europe, the Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality has been told. (...)

Citizens’ Assembly chairwoman Catherine Day said the session on Saturday was to get people to ‘think how much gender stereotyping is inside all of us whether we know it or not’. File photograph: Catherine Day

Citizens’ Assembly chairwoman Catherine Day has suggested that the public may be more liberal on the issue of gender equality than might be expected. (...)

Prof  Alston said Australia had awarded contracts worth billions to extract coal but parts of the country were ‘burning furiously’ due to bushfires. File photograph: David Gray/Bloomberg

The prospect of limiting a rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees – a key target of the Paris climate change agreement – “is now almost comprehens(...)

Crowds of school children pictured on Friday afternoon on Merrion Square, Dublin for the Global Climate Strike. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has said Friday’s mass youth demonstrations should prompt the Government to commit to greater leadership at next week(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clark at NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon/NUIG

The “art of judging” could be improved by dividing the country into regions to allow judges in lower courts to specialise, Chief Justice Frank Clarke (...)

Prof Conor Gearty said  the British push for Brexit was “heading catastrophically over a cliff”. Photograph: Getty Images

There will be a hard Brexit for reasons including there is “no functioning British government” and the DUP’s hold over that government, a leading huma(...)

Professor Siobhan Mullally f has been elected president of the Council of Europe’s group Greta. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish law professor Siobhán Mullally has been elected president of an international body of experts working against human trafficking. The 47-nation(...)

Immigration and free movement have been central to the Brexit vote debates, and continue to dominate speculation on post-Brexit negotiations. The Cont(...)

The existing law in Northern Ireland only allows for abortions in cases where a woman’s life is at risk or there is a serious risk to her mental or physical health. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can copy the Northern Ireland legal action that led to a ruling that its abortion laws breach the Europ(...)

A young migrant girl holds up a handmade sign outside Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3rd. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that Ireland’s response to the current refugee crisis in Europe is, and has been, a generous one. There is(...)

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