Gender equality



Watchdog recommends measures to boost women's representation in judiciary and law firms

Ireland should take measures to improve women's representation in the judiciary and in leadership roles at law firms, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 9 March 2020

Portrait of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy unveiled by The Bar of Ireland

A portrait of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy by award-winning artist Hetty Lawlor has been unveiled as part of The Bar of Ireland’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

Published 6 March 2020

Women lawyers invited to have photos taken as part of global diversity project

Members of the legal community in Northern Ireland have been invited to #FaceTheFuture and have their pictures taken as part of a global photography project showcasing the diverse face of women in the law.

Published 5 March 2020

The Next 100 Years: New UK project to take action on equality for women in law

The team behind the First 100 Years has launched its latest project, The Next 100 Years, dedicated to achieving equality for women in law.

Published 3 March 2020

Citizens' Assembly calls for constitutional reference to 'women's life within the home' to be scrapped

The controversial reference to women’s “life within the home” in the Irish constitution should be scrapped, the Citizens' Assembly has said.

Published 17 February 2020

England: Most women lawyers 'have experienced inappropriate comments' from men

Some 58 per cent of women in the legal profession say they or women they work with have experienced inappropriate comments from male colleagues relating to their gender, new research has found.

Published 17 February 2020

Supreme Court sits with four women judges in five-judge panel in landmark moment

The Supreme Court sat as a five-judge panel with four women on the bench for the first time in Irish legal history this morning.

Published 16 January 2020

Most in-house women lawyers see gender pay gap as an issue in their industry

More than two-thirds of women in-house lawyers believe the gender pay gap is an issue in their industry, according to a new survey by Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC).

Published 6 January 2020

Lady Hale calls for wider measure of judicial potential to put more women on the bench

Ways of assessing judicial potential that do not rely on experience of advocacy in the higher courts are necessary if more women are to join the bench, Lady Hale has said.

Published 10 December 2019

Female engineer settles sex discrimination case for £5,000

A female engineer who alleged she was subjected to unlawful sex discrimination has settled a case against her former employer for £5,000 with support from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

Published 29 October 2019

McCann FitzGerald briefs business leaders on gender pay reporting

McCann FitzGerald recently hosted Irish business leaders at a morning seminar on the impact of gender pay reporting.

Published 29 October 2019

Labour Court: Lecturer awarded €10,000 for sexual harassment and harassment based on her gender

A lecturer who was subject to sexual harassment by students in her class has been awarded €10,000 in the Labour Court.

Published 26 September 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Job applicant loses discrimination cases brought against law firms

A woman who applied for trainee solicitor posts in Dublin has lost her complaints against firms which she said had discriminated against her on grounds of gender, age and civil status.

Published 25 September 2019

Arthur Cox partner Rachel Hussey recognised in HERoes gender diversity list

Arthur Cox partner Rachel Hussey has been recognised in a list of 100 women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace.

Published 16 September 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Woman awarded €55,000 in pregnancy discrimination case

A woman who was made redundant two weeks after she informed her employer of her pregnancy, has been awarded €55,000 in the Workplace Relations Commission.

Published 11 September 2019