The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)

 Pro- choice protesters outside the Dail during the  debate on  the abortion / Protection of Life Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The trenchant criticism by the UN Human Rights Committee, which published its concluding observations yesterday, places yet another dark cloud over Ir(...)

The UN Human Rights Committee report comes following questioning of an Irish Government delegation, led by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, on Ireland’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in Geneval last week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The “perpetrators” of symphysiotomy should be punished and prosecuted, the United Nations has said. In observations on Ireland’s human rights record, (...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

The appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as chairwoman of the forthcoming commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes has been questioned in the D(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald led the Irish delegation over two days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A constitutional referendum would be required to bring Ireland’s abortion legislation into line with international human rights law, a Government d(...)

Gerry Adams: “Why does the State deny or refuse to accept responsibility for the clear abuse of these women over decades?” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Symphysiotomy sufferers could wait for between five and 10 years for a decision on their case if they decided to go to court, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (...)

Like our two glorious former presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald has all the trappings of power and choice and autonomy, yet she has none of them. No woman is immune from our State’s desire to tell her what to do with her body, even when she is the head of that State. There is no escape from our obsession with ovaries, no matter whose ovaries they are. 
Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There’s something about Mary. And Bridget. And Ciara. And Katie. And Ngozi. There’s something about these women. There’s something about all women in (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald before the committee this morning.

Ireland has been asked by the United Nations to explain how it will protect non-Christian children, their parents and teachers in public schools. The (...)

 Marie O’Connor of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy: asked UN for help in redress

Ireland’s refusal to admit the practice of symphysiotomy was “torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading” brought an Irish group representing survivors t(...)

“We are progressing a package of measures aimed at restoring confidence in the performance, administration and oversight of policing in Ireland,”  Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald told the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has referred to the “dreadful situation of the survivors of symphysiotomy” in her statement to the United Nati(...)

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