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# rights - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

ASTI: 'If they impose further changes we will be forced to react'

The ASTI General Secretary Pat King said they won’t be accepting any further cuts.

# rights - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens

Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.

# rights - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Roaming charges in the EU could be banned soon

The new legislative package launched today could bring the end to roaming charges and compulsory 24 month contracts.

# rights - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Column: Why are we making citizenship difficult for those who are entitled to it?

If someone is willing to contribute to Irish society why do we put barriers in their way? asks Dr Matt Cannon.

# rights - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?

Detainees eligible for release from Guantanamo Bay are caught in limbo: the US won’t accept them and foreign countries are reluctant to take in refugees who have been incarcerated with terrorists, writes Scott Fitzsimmons.

# rights - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Malala Yousafzai to visit Ireland next week

Malala Yousafzai is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Prize in honour of her campaign work to ensure girls’ access to education across the developing world.

# rights - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Column: Trayvon Martin’s tragic death shows that race still divides America

It makes me feel guilty when we talk about race, and I suspect that’s how most white Americans feel, writes Larry Donnelly, who says there is still a way to go yet before racism no longer has a stronghold in America.

# rights - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Column: Leinster House can seem impenetrable to the average citizen

There is a breakdown in communication between the citizen and their elected representatives when, ironically, our representatives are arguably more contactable now than they have ever been before, writes Sarah O’Neill.

# rights - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Next stop Strasbourg: Emily O'Reilly wins vote to become new EU Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly was declared the new EU Ombudsman after a close election battle.

# rights - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Column: The victims of the Troubles were not 'collateral damage' and they deserve justice

The introduction of a bill that would ban people convicted of serious offences from being appointed as a special advisor to a minister in Northern Ireland has raised more serious questions: who are the victims of the Troubles – and have we forgotten them?

# rights - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust

There is no evidence to show that abortion treats suicide ideation – this means that any legislation based on the grounds of suicidal ideation is irredeemably damaged, writes Cora Sherlock.

# rights - Saturday 18 May, 2013

Column: Here's why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin Read Me This post contains images

Column: Here's why I decided to make a graphic novel about Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin is an iconic figure in Irish history, yet when I was in school the Lockout only received a minor mention on the history syllabus – we wanted to make him more accessible, says Rory McConville.

# rights - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

The White House says it's trying to help journalists, not hinder them

The White House has denied any prior knowledge about Association Press phone records being seized.

# rights - Monday 29 April, 2013

Supreme Court dismisses Marie Fleming’s ‘right to die’ appeal

Chief Justice Susan Denham said the circumstances were “very tragic” but that there was no Constitutional ‘right to die’.

# rights - Friday 19 April, 2013

Column: To bring about any change, we must redefine what we expect from our politicians

If we want to reclaim the current political landscape we need to re-establish the ground rules for office holders and ensure their words turn into actions, writes Martin Critten.

# rights - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Column: I'm a devoted father, I'm engaged and I'm a gay man - I should be able to marry

When the question “why are you getting married?” is put to any couple, gay or straight, the answer is the same: “because we love each other,” writes Christian Daly, who says time for marriage equality is now upon us.

# rights - Saturday 6 April, 2013

Campaign to help sex abuse survivors launched

The movement has called for change and more transparency in Ireland’s justice system.

# rights - Monday 1 April, 2013

US cardinal defends Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said sexual love is intended only for a man and woman in marriage.

# rights - Monday 25 March, 2013

Tributes paid after death of LGBT and civil rights activist RIP

Tributes paid after death of LGBT and civil rights activist

Christopher Robson, one of the founder members of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, passed away following a short illness.

# rights - Thursday 7 March, 2013

Column: The majority of care givers are women, but it shouldn't be prescribed upon us

Traditional gender roles serve as prescriptive claims about how girls and women should act. There are greater choices for both men and women now, so we need to reconcile our competing demands, writes Margaret O’Keefe.

# rights - Friday 8 February, 2013

From The Daily Edge Irish-produced DJ drama could be the next Ugly Betty (with decks) Beat Girl

Irish-produced DJ drama could be the next Ugly Betty (with decks)

This is the first time an Irish company has sold drama format rights to the US, the company behind Beat Girl said.

# rights - Thursday 10 January, 2013

Column: Why shouldn’t there be ‘abortion on demand’?

The Government is desperate to avoid “abortion on demand”, writes Sarah McCarthy – but in reality, women should be trusted to make the choice.

# rights - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Ireland's seat on UNHRC an 'honour', Higgins

The president said the decision to give Ireland a seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was a strong endorsement of Ireland’s international reputation.

# rights - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Column: Getting a few extra skirts in the boardroom is not liberation

Men should support feminism, says David Cronin – and it should be about more than just high-status women.

# rights - Monday 26 November, 2012

Poll: Should Irish people living abroad be allowed to vote in Irish elections? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Irish people living abroad be allowed to vote in Irish elections?

The dramatic surge in emigration from Ireland in recent years means that voting rights for Irish people living abroad has become a major issue. What do you think – should emigrants be allowed vote?

# rights - Sunday 11 November, 2012

As it happened: The Children’s Referendum count

We keep you up to date on commentary and local results as we await an official national result from the Dublin Castle count centre by mid-afternoon.

Buttimer: "Why did I choose to live a life of lies for so long?"

The TD said that there are people across Ireland who are afraid to come out, but that if he had known how good life would be for him, he would have come out sooner.

# rights - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Nasty Ann Coulter tweet gets ultimate smackdown

The most dignified response to the offence caused by the conservative US commentator is contained in a guest post on the Special Olympics blog…

# rights - Saturday 22 September, 2012

Guineys workers told: 30 years service? Sorry, no pensions

The employees found out about the shop closure after a phone call on Monday telling them not to come into work the next day.

# rights - Thursday 13 September, 2012

Column: Olivia O'Leary: Here's the main reason why the children's rights referendum matters

It is extraordinary that it is still almost impossible in Irish society for the children of married parents to be adopted, writes Olivia O’Leary

# rights - Friday 7 September, 2012

Joan Burton commits to examining gender recognition

Marriage Equality welcomed Burton’s comments but said legislation published last year puts transgender couples in a difficult position.

# rights - Friday 24 August, 2012

Reform to self-employed PRSI contributions could be "too expensive"

Despite earlier promises that PRSI contributions for self-employed people would be reformed, the Department of Social Protection says it would have “significant financial implications”.

# rights - Wednesday 1 August, 2012

Aer Lingus and DAA staff vote for industrial action

Workers are unhappy with proposed changes to their pensions.

# rights - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Column: Why is the government delaying a law to recognise transgender people?

Ireland is in clear defiance of a High Court judgment that said the law on transgender people has to change, writes Michael Farrell.

# rights - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Eight killed in Syrian prison mutiny

Opposition Syrian National Council claims regime forces opened fire on detainees during a peaceful sit-in protest.

# rights - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Column: Enda Kenny's silence on same-sex marriage is a rebuff to gay people

The move to civil marriage is not a massive leap – but it is a hugely important symbol, writes Kieran Rose.

# rights - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

London tower block residents lose appeal against missiles on roof

The missiles are to be placed on the roof of the complex for the duration of the Olympic Games.

# rights - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Cannabis, beer and T-bills: the week in stats

How high is Europe’s tallest building? And how many cannabis plants were seized by gardaí last year?

# rights - Friday 6 July, 2012

Column: Shouldn’t we be over gay people in the workplace?

Many workers still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation, writes Davin Roche. Changing this would be good for business.

# rights - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Poll: Should the IRA apologise to all of its victims? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the IRA apologise to all of its victims?

Martin McGuinness has dismissed a report that former IRA leaders are considering an apology. But do you think they should?