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# rights - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Au pairs 'used as cheap childcare' and can be underpaid, exploited

New research says that many families in the UK feel that hosting an au pair is the only way they can meet their childcare needs.

# rights - Monday 20 October, 2014

Kildare may have seen its last ever animal circus in the county

The motion, which goes before Kildare County Council, has the support of Mayor Fiona O’Loughlin.

# rights - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

When Ireland can't help, here's where children can turn to

Charlie Flanagan has signed an important protocol to a UN convention to strengthen children’s rights.

# rights - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Got fined in Ireland? Now it can be collected across the EU

New legislation means you can get hit for fines you receive in Ireland across the EU.

# rights - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Ireland ready for next step in marriage equality as 85% say it is morally right — GLEN

The poll also found that 65% said they agreed that gay adoption was acceptable.

# rights - Friday 1 August, 2014

Cost order to challengers of Children's Referendum could be breach of rights

Mattie McGrath said any such order will deter any future petitioners taking cases against authorities.

# rights - Monday 28 July, 2014

Together at last? Big four political parties come together over gay marriage issue

The Cork Pride Festival will host a discussion on how to pass the gay marriage referendum next spring.

# rights - Monday 14 July, 2014

Church of England votes to allow women become bishops

The General Synod approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England today.

# rights - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Elton John wants to visit with Putin to talk about gay rights

He said he does not know what will come of it, but he has to try.

# rights - Thursday 26 June, 2014

There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available

However the Children’s Rights Alliance has warned that Ireland must not adopt from countries not inside The Hague recommendations.

# rights - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Hate hidden fees and extra charges? They will be a thing of the past from today

New legislation that boosts consumer rights comes into effect.

# rights - Monday 9 June, 2014

Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report

It is believed the trials took place between 1960 to 1976.

# rights - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Consumer agency wants to make contracts fairer

Have you a contract that automatically renews or has unequal obligations? Then you should read this.

# rights - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

RTÉ presenter who claims she was discriminated against loses Equality Tribunal case

Frances Shanahan presented such shows as Farm News and Countryside.

# rights - Monday 28 April, 2014

Union hits out at Dunnes over workers' contracts lower than 15 hours per week

Mandate launched the ‘Decency for Dunnes Workers Campaign at the unions Biennial Delegate Conference in Killarney.

# rights - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Sandberg: 'If you want to do something nice for your wife, don't buy flowers, do the laundry'

Sheryl Sandberg talks gender equality, women leaning in, asking for raises and not being afraid to be ambitious.

# rights - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Major victory for Irish online rights group as ECJ strikes down EU mobile surveillance rules

Digital Rights Ireland hard argued that the rules requiring operators to keep call details were against fundamental rights.

# rights - Saturday 5 April, 2014

"We were fighting with all our passion to create a boring society" - South African Freedom Fighter

Albie Sachs, one of the lawyers who drew up South Africa’s first democratic Constitution, sits down with for a Q&A.

# rights - Friday 14 March, 2014

Column: There's a viral spread of increasingly restrictive laws curtailing human rights

The space in which human rights defenders can operate safely is steadily shrinking, with devastating consequences, writes Mary Lawlor.

# rights - Saturday 8 March, 2014

International Women's Day protest takes place in Dublin Girl Power This post contains images

International Women's Day protest takes place in Dublin

The protest took place outside the Central Bank this afternoon.

Make a day of International Women’s Day

A protest and soapbox event is due to take place in Dublin today.

# rights - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Here's the ballot paper the Constitutional Convention will vote on today

They will decide whether to recommend if the rights to housing, social welfare and emergency health care should be in the Constitution.

# rights - Friday 21 February, 2014

Dole cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities

The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.

# rights - Friday 14 February, 2014

Brevik wants to hunger strike for better video games

The mass murderer has described the conditions in prison as ‘torture’.

# rights - Saturday 8 February, 2014

'They thought I had married myself': The experiences of transgender people in Ireland

One parent of a transgender child also spoke of the difficulties faced with schools.

# rights - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Less than a quarter of candidates running in the local elections are women

From the candidacy selections so far, Fianna Fáil is the worst when it comes to having women stand for office in the local elections this year.

# rights - Sunday 26 January, 2014

In 'unique event', Irish priest invites LGBT people to speak from the altar

Novena, directed by Anna Rodgers, is about a gay man and lesbian woman who are invited to speak at the altar of a Catholic church.

# rights - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Forty years later, Gay Switchboard Ireland is still needed

The phoneline, which began as Tel-A-Friend in 1974, offers support and a listening ear to members of the LGBT community.

# rights - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts

The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.

# rights - Friday 27 December, 2013

Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim

The judge overruled an earlier decision which denied the girl permission to have a termination.

# rights - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Immigrant families will be 'torn apart this Christmas'

The Immigrant Council of Ireland says that laws regarding family reunification will lead to heartache this Christmas.

# rights - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

Column: ‘I find it upsetting that you can legally strike your children as a form of discipline’

Ireland needs to follow the lead of other countries and make corporal punishment illegal, writes Tanya Ward.

# rights - Saturday 2 November, 2013

The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is 'largely obsolete'

They said the blasphemy reference has been used to justify violence and oppression against minorities in other parts of the world.

Pro Life groups call BPAS advert in Irish newspaper today 'disgusting' and 'callous'

The largest abortion provider in Britain has taken out an ad in The Irish Times today saying: “We’ll care for your women until your government does”.

# rights - Thursday 31 October, 2013

'Shatter needs to make a public statement on redress delay for Magdalene women'

Mary Lou McDonald said time was ticking and that at least two women have passed away without receiving compensation.

# rights - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Gilmore: ‘Same-sex marriage referendum will be held before the end of the lifetime of this government’

The Tánaiste said that he hoped a referendum would be held next year, but it could be in the spring of 2015.

# rights - Monday 14 October, 2013

Immigrant Council call for clear procedures for stateless people in Europe

There are 600,000 stateless people across Europe.

# rights - Monday 7 October, 2013

Libya demands explanation from US over raid

Libya has asked for clarifications regarding the abduction of an al-Qaida leader in Tripoli.

# rights - Monday 30 September, 2013

More than 500 civil partnership ceremonies took place in 2011 CSO

More than 500 civil partnership ceremonies took place in 2011

There were 335 male unions and 201 female unions in the first year civil partnerships became legal.