Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Conference

All time
# object matters
1916 Rising conference to take place in Dublin
The conference will examine the visual elements of the Easter Rising – from flags to national symbols – and examine identity and memory.
# doing the rounds
Hillary Clinton leaves for Belfast to discuss peace process
The US Secretary of State said she is looking forward to her visit to Belfast to see the situation for herself.
# Syria
Suicide attack hits central Syria
Meanwhile, Syria’s main opposition group has broadened its base in the country, voting to add more women members as well as activists and local council representatives.
# Exports
Irish businesses to gather at London conference to increase exports
The Business Beyond Borders aims to create a platform for companies to grow overseas and take advantage of Ireland’s strong export market.
# Mental Health
Almost one third of mothers in social housing show signs of depression
The study found that a high number of people living in social housing reported mental health illnesses.
Hillary Clinton among over 50 foreign ministers to visit Dublin in December
The US Secretary of State is set to visit Ireland days after the Budget as Ireland hosts a major conference for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
# high seas
Marine investigators gather in Cork to discuss marine crime
Drugs importation, forensic photography and accident reconstruction are all on the agenda.
# Referendum
John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling"
The former governor of Mountjoy said that it will be easy to get the children’s rights referendum passed – but warned that the real test will come afterwards.
Column: We're dedicated Labour members - but we're not happy with the party
Labour is ignoring its core values and policies in coalition. A group of members are trying to change that, writes Neil Warner.
# Syria
Iran to hold conference on Syria
The summit follows one of the biggest ground assaults in weeks on rebel strongholds in Aleppo yesterday.
# United Nations
UN Arms Trade Treaty discussions delayed
The conference was set to run until 27 July, but has been delayed due to questions over Palestine having observer status.
# Prostitution
Government urged to make paying for sex illegal in Ireland
A conference in Dublin today will hear that 97 per cent of those working in the prostitution industry in Ireland are migrants.
# Feminism
Girl power: Irish feminist conference sold out
Feminism conference aims to open the dialogue between all generations of feminists.
# Sean Gallagher
Gallagher: RTÉ went ‘into defence mode like Catholic church’ after ‘Twittergate’
The former Presidential candidate said at the Media Future conference today that RTÉ “shut down to defend itself” like “how the Church itself as institution reacted” when it became aware of abuse in the early nineties.
# Hospital
Hospitals 'hiding trolleys' on wards, says INMO
The INMO said yesterday that some hospitals are placing extra beds or trolleys on wards on a permanent basis – but Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore finds this hard to believe.
# Health
HSE recruitment moratorium 'destructive and irrational', say health staff
That’s according to members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, who will hold their 93rd annual conference this week. The theme for the event this year is ‘Safe care – safe practice – no compromise’.
# Pharmacy
Pharmacists express concern over addiction to pain relief
Regulations around the sale of products containing codeine were introduced in 2010. Pharmacists heard that up to one in three adults may be suffering from chronic pain, which can affect quality of life.
# Medicine
Pharmacists warn lack of vital medicines may endanger patients
The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has said it is unacceptable that pharmacists and patients have put up with medicine shortages.
# Prison Officers
Prison officers: 'Prison service seems to ignore gang problem'
The annual conference of the Prison Officers Association takes place this week. Last night its president said that there is a “serious problem” with gangs within the prison system.
# Gardaí
Shatter: Garda fears over station closures are "alarmist and irresponsible"
The justice minister tells the Garda Representative Association that suggestions about crime levels rising are “damaging”.
# Gardaí
Gardaí say plan to close stations will hit crime-fighting
The Garda Representative Association is meeting today for its annual conference, where it will discuss the closure of stations around the country, as well as garda vehicles and pensions.
# Labour
Labour conference to conclude after motions on abortion, Vatican
The party will also discuss international affairs, justice and equality and local government.
# Health
Government likely to come under fire at IMO conference
The theme of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is Our Patients – Our Priority, and the organisers said they will be discussing pivotal issues including health inequality.
# Teachers
Silent protest held as Quinn speaks at INTO conference
The Education Minister was speaking to hundreds of primary school teachers at the INTO conference today when a group stood and held banners that included slogans like “save our schools”.
# Teachers
Three teacher conferences to take place this week
The INTO will debate a motion demanding that the guarantees under the Croke Park Agreement that there will be no further pay cuts or compulsory redundancies will continue to apply – or they will ballot for industrial action.
# Catholic Church
Pope says marriage is only place 'worthy' of conception
Pope Benedict also said that infertile couples should shun artificial procreation.
# Green Jersey
Bill Clinton to urge US business leaders: invest in Ireland
The former US president will hold a special event in New York on Thursday aimed at urging key business people to help out Ireland’s economy. Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Richard Bruton will all attend.
# Women in Politics
Gender quotas welcome - but 'token' women candidates won't work
Female politicians relate their personal experiences of running for office in a male-dominated political world at Dublin Castle conference.
# Climate Change
Landmark climate change deal agreed in Durban
Delegates reached a hard-fought agreement early this morning on a new deal to fight climate change.
# boring
Boring conference turns out to be... not quite so boring
A conference about all-things boring ended up being extremely interesting – and all 400 people in attendance loved the talks on hand dryers and the first 10 years of Which? magazine.
# Im-paws-ible
Cat flap: UK Home Secretary criticised over migrant cat story
Theresa May’s assertion in a speech today that an illegal immigrant could not be deported because of his pet cat has been proven wrong.
Watch live: Atlantis and ISS crew are holding a press conference from space
The crew are also preparing for a live call from President Barack Obama later.
White-collar crime 'stretches gardaí to the limit'
Statement was made at the annual conference for the association representing garda sergeants and inspectors, the AGSI, in Limerick yesterday afternoon.