Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

People who pay for sex will face criminal sanction under new laws that have been approved by the Government.At its weekly meeting, the Cabinet agreed (...)

People queuing up as they wait for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It begins shortly after 4am. Dressed in winter hats and wrapped in blankets, the first applicants arrive at the front door of the Irish Naturalisation(...)

Kate McGrew is a sex worker currently starring in a reality TV show who is against the drive to criminalise men who purchase sex. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Kate McGrew is not a “prostitute”. She is, she says, a sex worker. “To me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, w(...)

Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New figures for human trafficking which appear to show a continuing decline here are “very alarming” because they don’t ring true, said the Immigrant(...)

The former US president Jimmy Carter has written to   Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to back a justice committee recommendation to criminalise the buyers of sex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Former US president Jimmy Carter has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to adopt a recommendation to (...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: “My Government colleagues and I are determined that such events will never happen again.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

and Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday apologised to the Roma families whose children were taken into care last year amid fears they had been abducted.“(...)

Investigators say the victims were recruited in their home countries and trafficked to Europe, to be  sent to work as prostitutes with forged identity documents. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí have arrested two Nigerian women after seven potential victims of human trafficking were discovered during a raid on a Dublin address as part o(...)

Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland: “People have a right to about their work and studies without the threat of racism.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost one- third of racist incidents reported to the Immigrant Council of Ireland in the first three months of this year rela(...)

 Denise Charlton, chief executive of the  Immigrant Council of Ireland.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland should introduce a human trafficking “czar” to tackle a criminal industry that nets gangs here an estimated €250 million every year, th(...)

The Immigrant Council of Ireland compared Garda and PSNI figures from 2005/2006 to the third quarter of 2013. The PSNI records figures from July to July while Garda figures are collated in a calendar year. The PSNI annual reports run to almost 70 pages compared to just one for Garda figures on its website.

Renewed calls have been made for an independent reporting system to record racism in the State after a comparative study showed 700 per cent more inci(...)

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