Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said a UN committee report published on Monday has sent the Government a “strong message”. C(...)

 A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in Dublin. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said that budgetary choices made by Government have led to greater deprivation and difficulty for the most vulnerable groups. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Young people, single parents, homeless families, women and Travellers are among the groups who have been worst affected by the regressive choices ma(...)

Theresa Villiers (top, with Lady Tina Stowell,  leader of  House of Lords)  the Northern Ireland secretary  at 10 Downing Street: David Cameron previously pledged to scrap the UK’s Human Rights Act and his majority makes it easier for him to do so. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The Government has serious concerns that London could breach the terms of the Belfast Agreement if prime minister David Cameron carries through on a p(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, has called for the enactment of legislation to formally recognise Travellers’ ethnicity. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The enactment of legislation to formally recognise Travellers’ ethnicity would be a major step towards achieving equality and the equal valuing of Tra(...)

Broden Giambrone, chief executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland, said under the Bill married transgender people would have to choose between ‘their families and the legal recognition of their true identities’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The retention of a requirement in the latest version of the Gender Recognition Bill that states applicants for legal gender recognition must be single(...)

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