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# Equality

Last month
January 2023
Voices
Analysis: The gender pay gap tells us less about wages and more about company power structures
Economist and lecturer Dr Aedín Doris looks at the recent publications of gender pay figures and what it means for equality in the workplace.
Last year
2022
Spain decries 'dreadful' spike in murders of women
At least 46 women were killed due to gender violence this year in Spain.
Voices
Dr Laura Bambrick: Why pay child benefit to wealthy parents?
The double Child Benefit payment has reopened a regular debate on whether we are wasting public money on wealthy parents, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
Voices
Opinion: The journey to full LGBTQI+ equality is far from over
FLAC’s Eilis Barry says LGBTQI+ rights have come a long way, but much still needs to be done.
# Discrimination
'How can we prove it?': Travellers highlight barriers to justice after incidents of discrimination
Traveller women who were surveyed said businesses may deploy “sneaky ways” to refuse them service.
# IHREC
Tenants 'often' unable to make discrimination complaint about landlords, report finds
The findings come as the Government reviews Ireland’s equality laws.
# Equality
'We have gone to the matches and the showers weren't working. That's the reality'
Amy Lee discusses the issues facing female GAA players, the evolution of camogie and Davy Fitzgerald’s role in the Rebels camp.
# Equality
'Unacceptable' for Qatar officials to take rainbow flags from fans at World Cup
An official for the host country’s government said flags could be confiscated from people to protect them from being attacked by others.
# Equality
Government must act on women’s equality issues, rally told
Hundreds attended the National Women’s Council of Ireland event outside Leinster House in Dublin.
# IHREC
People refused entry to pubs don't get 'adequate access to justice' under complaints system
Human Rights Commission says current law disproportionately impacts minority groups.
# Equality
Human Rights Commission calls on Irish government to address legislative gaps on hate crime
The Commisson said that legislation needs to be strengthened to deal with inequality gaps.
All time
# Violence
Campaigner says 2021 was 'watershed moment' for women's safety in wake of Sarah Everard murder
Police Officer Wayne Couzens was convicted for kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard.
# Ambassadors
22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women
Nine consuls general are also to be appointed in the UK, US, India, Canada and France.
# Report
DEIS and non-DEIS schools compare favourably but report highlights inequalities
There were no significant differences in reports of wellbeing and bullying, however concerns were raised at the higher level of unauthorised absences in DEIS schools.
# Direct Provison
New policy to make direct provision 'less isolating' for LGBT+ residents
It comes after pressure to make the system more welcoming for LGBT+ people.
# Equality
‘Weeping for this country’: Struggle continues in Hungary as Ireland joins Europe in stance against anti-LGBT+ bill
Ireland has joined 12 other EU member states to condemn a bill passed in Hungary last week.
# Gloria nkencho
‘We are seeing changes’: Sister of George Nkencho calls for solidarity ahead of inquest
The formal inquest into George Nkencho’s death opens on Monday, but will be adjourned due to the ongoing GSOC investigation.
# Human Rights
Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?
Hungary has passed a bill that bans sharing content that “promotes” being gay to children and teenagers.
# Equality
Minister questions Garda Commissioner on racial equality efforts following death of George Nkencho
Roderic O’Gorman met the Garda Commissioner to ask what the force is doing to improve relationships with ethnic minority communities.
# Waterford
More pride flags to be erected around Waterford City on Monday
Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman will be joining Waterford Mayor Damien Geoghegan, after two separate incidents where the flags were taken down.
# Equality
'It's a historic event for Irish rugby with significant benefits for the women's game'
Leinster Rugby has voted to grant women’s AIL clubs and players senior status.
# Equality
Camogie saga 'not fair on players' and joy at seeing €2.4 million injection for GAA funding parity
Four-time All-Ireland winner Katrina Parrock says the ongoing issues regarding the 2021 schedule are not fair on players.
# Equality
Amsterdam celebrates 20th anniversary of legalising same-sex marriages
The Netherlands was home to the world’s first legal same-sex marriages two decades ago.
# Equality
British royal family to consider possible appointment of diversity chief
Buckingham Palace is understood to be working on plans around diversity, which would include LGBTQI+ and disability issues.
# Section 39 workers
HSE and unions strike deal on pay for voluntary health and social-service providers
During the economic crisis, Section 39 organisations were told by the HSE to cut staff pay – but they were not restored.
# Equality
Men occupy most senior positions in civil service but are 'more likely to perceive gender bias in promotions'
Over a third of workers believe that using flexible work options negatively impacts their chances of promotion, according to a new study.
# Equality
Legal test case to be taken against the Irish government over the way private pensions are taxed
Chairman Ross McCarthy says ISME is taking the action to solve “inequality” between public and private pensions.
Voices
Opinion: ‘Travellers have to hide their identity just to get a foot in the door’
Pavee Point’s Caoimhe McCabe outlines the level of workplace discrimination against Travellers and how to combat the problem.
# Equality
Male players 'carry more responsibility' than females - US Soccer Federation on equal pay row
The United States women’s team is suing the USSF over gender discrimination.
# Equality
'We've made history': First same-sex marriage takes place in Northern Ireland
“We didn’t set out to make history – we just fell in love,” Sharni Edwards said.
# Feature
Solutions, not problems: Changing the narrative of workplace equality
To make a real difference, and fast, campaigners want to nail down practical resolutions.
# gender norms
One-quarter of under-25s believe men should be head of the household
The Gender Matters in Ireland 2019 report said there has been a continuation of so-called lad culture.
# Equal Rights
First Citizens' Assembly weekend on gender equality to be held in February
It will discuss the reasons women are still paid less, find it harder to reach top positions, and carry an unequal share of the burden of care.
# Equality
'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
The protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health building in Dublin.
# human rights arts festival
'The arts are really good for bringing people together to have difficult conversations'
A unique human rights arts festival run by Smashing Times takes place in Dublin this month.
# Northern Ireland
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar marches in Belfast pride parade for the first time
Today is the first time the taoiseach attended the Belfast pride parade which is highlighting the theme of marriage equality.
# Equality
'Does being gay mean you can’t be a good footballer? No. So let's crack on' - Dyche
The Burnley boss says nobody in his dressing room would have an issue with the sexuality of a team-mate.
# Equality
US women's soccer team set for mediation with governing body over discrimination lawsuit
Lawyers for the players filed a lawsuit in March demanding equal pay and conditions to their male counterparts.
# Progress
'We're falling very far short': Citizens' Assembly on gender equality to start work in autumn
The assembly will begin its work in October this year.
# platform
'A different era now': It's captivating but there's a wider context to the Women's World Cup we can't forget
The tournament should be celebrated and enjoyed but also represents a platform where important issues should not be ignored.