Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin came up with the idea for a formal caucus of women  TDs and Senators after her election to the Dáil last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

A formal women’s caucus is being established in the Oireachtas to give TDs and Senators a forum and a vehicle to advance issues. It is the first ti(...)

The Government came under pressure from all angles. Cabinet collective responsibility was twice threatened as Independent Ministers sought a free vote on Opposition bills on abortion, in July and October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is said all long-running campaigns reach a tipping-point when the aims are accepted by society’s mainstream. For the campaign to Repeal the Eighth(...)

If society wants women to give birth at a younger age, policymakers need to offer longer, paid maternity leave and state-funded free childcare.

Women are seemingly to blame for Ireland’s poorly performing maternity services, including a fourfold increase in Caesarean section (C-section) rates (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said believes there will be a referendum on abortion in the coming years. The Programm(...)

We Can Quit participants Elizabeth Ashe and Maura Corry with John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Andres Poveda

I’m at a seminar on advancing gender equality in healthcare. Words such as genderproofing services, gender-sensitive approaches and gender mainstreami(...)

Independent TDs Mattie McGrath was one of the Independents who insisted the Dáil chamber, and not the citizens’ convention was the most appropriate place to address the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Collins

The Programme for Partnership commits to establishing a citizens’ convention to examine the Eighth Amendment. The proposal was a key pledge in the Fi(...)

National Women’s Council of Ireland director  Orla O’Connor: “Women must be able to trust their maternity hospital that they will be treated in a compassionate and non-judgmental way.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

St Vincent’s University Hospital has rejected claims that it bans sterilisation for reasons related to its Catholic ethos. “There is no prohibition (...)

Judge Maureen Harding Clark: women were given the choice of having records returned or shredded. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The retired judge running the State’s symphysiotomy payment scheme has criticised “misinformation” in relation to the treatment of the personal recor(...)

Brian Mohan who is challenging  the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012 linking funding of political parties to meeting gender quota targets. Photograph:  Collins

Financial sanctions are “probably the only option” for getting Irish political parties to reach quotas aimed at having them run more women candidates (...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Laws requiring political parties to field at least 30 per cent male and 30 per cent female candidates in the next two general elections if they are to(...)

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