Brian Pimley (61), of Dublin Road, Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath died after a foot-long needle he routinely used as part of his work pierced through his brain to the back of his head, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A man with 40 years’ experience re-upholstering furniture died after a tool described as a “giant sewing needle” pierced his brain through his eye. Br(...)

Dr Lydia Foy (centre) received the Citizen’s Prize from the European Parliament in Brussels

“I feel now that with the endorsement of Europe and the endorsement of Ireland, I can say yes, maybe I was doing something right for the good of peopl(...)

Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

Transgender rights activist Lydia Foy has finally received an Irish birth certificate after a 22-year legal battle for recognition in Ireland of her f(...)

Members of Germany’s constitutional court: it struck down as unconstitutional a compulsory divorce provision in its transsexual law in 2008.  Photograph: Uli Deck/AFP/Getty Images

The Gender Recognition Bill 2014 has been criticised for several provisions which some people see as too restrictive and exclusionary. These include t(...)

Transgender woman Dr Lydia Foy, who led the legal challenges on gender recognition in Ireland, has welcomed the Bill, but has said it includes ‘unnecessary obstacles’. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Leading human rights lawyers have described the Government’s gender recognition Bill as “flawed” and “very disappointing” and have urged that it be br(...)

The Court of Justice of the European Union: rejected an agreement hammered out over nearly four years of negotiations between EU officials and their counterparts in the Council of Europe

In a surprise decision just before Christmas, the European Union’s top court vetoed plans for the EU to sign up to the European Convention on Human Ri(...)

A photograph of the People’s Democracy civil rights march from Belfast to Derry which was attacked at Burntollet Bridge. Photograph from the NUIG Boyle Archive

When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black(...)

Transgender woman Lydia Foy has effectively settled her long-running action against the State aimed at securing a birth certificate in her acquired female gender. Photograph: Frank Miller/The
Irish Times

Transgender woman Lydia Foy has effectively settled her long-running action against the State aimed at securing a birth certificate in her acquired fe(...)

Ireland physio James Allen and team doctor Dr Eanna Falvey attend Luke Marshall during a Six Nations Championship game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Concussion visited Leinster House yesterday. In many ways that in itself was a triumph. That legislators wanted to know about the newest, perhaps most(...)

Dublin gaelic footballer Michael  Darragh MacAuley (left) was among those who addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Health on the dangers of concussion today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A sharp rise in the number of young people reporting to the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin with head injuries has been linked(...)

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