Government is now open to considering making physical or psychological violence against partners a specific offence following representations from several senators. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to consider introducing a specific offence of domestic violence later this year, a United Nations committee has heard. Earlier this(...)

The highest number of assaults was in Mountjoy, which also had the highest rate of self-harm incidents, approximately 20. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland has been praised by the United Nations Committee Against Torture for its efforts to eliminate the process of “slopping out” in prisons and for(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton, who highlighted Ireland’s ‘strong’ human rights record in his opening address before the UN Committee Against Torture.

Ireland, for all its faults, is not a country normally associated with the practice of torture. The very appearance, therefore, of a Government deleg(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton: A Government delegation, led by Mr Stanton, will face questioning on issues including access to a lawyer for people in Garda custody and the impact of Ireland’s abortion regime on women and girls. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The treatment of people in Garda custody, including foreign nationals refused entry to Ireland, was among the issues raised at the UN Committee Agains(...)

Up to the end of May this year there had been 163 committals for immigration issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 400 people were held in prison last year in relation to immigration issues, mainly awaiting deportation. Figures from the Irish Prison Ser(...)

Catherine Connolly, along with  Clare Daly, is publishing the submission by  Reclaiming Self, a voluntary group of psychologists, solicitors and advocates,  to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

Caranua, the independent statutory body tasked with providing services to survivors of institutional abuse, “re-abuses” survivors by being “hostile, r(...)

Senator Martin McAleese at the launch of the report of the committee investigating State involvement with the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The continuing “denial” by Government that the State has any liability for the Magdalene laundries continues to violate survivors’ dignity, compoundin(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: last month she said seven young men were  in Wheatfield Place prison. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to issue a ministerial order to end the detention of young offenders in adult prisons. Ms Zappone is to se(...)

“The truth is industrial and reformatory schools, Magdalene laundries, orphanages, special needs schools, and mother and baby homes are all interlinked and were the State’s response to welfare in Ireland for most of the 20th century.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On hearing the reports in the media about the discovery of a mass grave at the site of the once mother and baby home in Tuam, it nearly feels as thoug(...)

The EU is aware of recent information regarding the serious mistreatment of detained human rights lawyers. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Union has issued a rare call for the Chinese government to investigate the serious mistreatment, and possible torture, of human rights d(...)

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