Eighty seven per cent  at the Citizens’ Assembly voted that Article 40.3.3 should not be retained in full. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is a difference between complex constitutional issues and issues that don’t belong in the Constitution

The giant squirrel on Tara Street was created from waste to highlight the plight of the red squirrel in Ireland

A large piece by Portuguese artist Bordalo II on a wall in Dublin is the latest piece of street art to pop up in the capital cit(...)

Model healthcare?: the maternity hospital planned for the St Vincent’s campus in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byne

Una Mullally: We cannot pretend that religiosity is not still embedded in the upper echelons of State-funded healthcare

In Ireland, new cases of HIV rose more than 25% between 2015 and 2016.

Ireland needs to get serious about PrEP to combat a surge in infection rates

Vincent Hanley, the pioneering Irish DJ who died of Aids in 1987 at the age of 33. Photograph: courtesy of Bill Hughes

Pioneering DJ Vincent Hanley died of Aids 30 years ago on April 18th. His close friends recall a vivacious personality – and how(...)

‘You can now predict what a new cafe will look like before it opens.’

Dublin’s artisanal outlets are as complicit in homogenisation of the city as major chains

Crocs shock. Photograph: Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

What’s hot, what’s not: A comeback by the unlovable footwear is offset by a welcome one from B*Witched

‘Michael and Danny Healy Rae are a cringeworthy double act.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Co Kerry politicians’ stance on road safety and drink-driving beggars belief

‘Hand salad’ anyone?

What’s hot, what’s not: A bit of Stoneybatter moves south; and Deliveroo hits a pothole

Brian Reed, the presenter of S-Town. Photograph: Andrea Morales

The new podcast from the makers of Serial investigates not just a death, but life itself. Warning: spoilers ahead

The new private school will be based in a converted office block formerly used by Microsoft in   Leopardstown. Photograph: Carl O’Brien

High fees are one thing but the Church’s grip on Irish education is the ultimate elitism

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have co-operated to push back the legislation by nine months

“The recovery is not all-encompassing. We are witnessing a poverty gap grow into a chasm.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Homelessness rises alongside increased affluence in the capital’s tale of two cities

FBI director James Comey and  Michael Rogers, director of the NSA:  Comey said that a tweet put out by the president’s account, interpreting what he said, was not accurate. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

FBI director Comey’s contradiction of president was a jolt hard enough to freeze the spin

Bananarama will be performing  at Beatyard. Otherwise it’s an all-male line-up of festival headliners at   Forbidden Fruit, Longitude, Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, Indiependence and Castlepalooza. Clearly there is something wrong. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Too few women playing Ireland’s big music festivals – and too many excuses

Eileen Myles: “I can’t tell you the amount of people who want me to write articles about ageing. Really? Guy at the top of his powers, is he asked to write about ageing? What, am I a rotting corpse out here?” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

Donald Trump is the epitome of the bad poet, says Eileen Myles, newly celebrated poet of queer culture, whose work, and take on US(...)

“Marfa is not a late-night town, but like all festivals, serendipity provides off-road opportunities.”

Defiantly eccentric, this high-end music and arts beano revels in the offbeat and enriching

Sarah Maria Griffin: her poem ‘We Face This Land’ inspired a video by Dave Tynan

No room for misty-eyed accounts of society in ‘The Creative Quarter’

Welcome to Marfa, Texas: “So, they’re all thinking, what’s a billionaire from New York City doing interfering with here?” Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Support for that city slicker’s wall is ebbing away on the Lone Star Sate’s Mexican border

From ‘Dress suitably, and buy a revolver’ and 'A terrible beauty' to 'We all partied'

Protesters who marched on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2014 in relation to the Tuam graves and deaths of infants in Irish institutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

The shaming, secrecy and barbarity of the Catholic Church is still in force today

Caitlin Moran: “The one thing you can do as a working-class girl is write. You don’t need anyone on your side. You don’t need anything.”

Women's writing for Women's Day: Caitlin Moran, the best-selling feminist, talks to Una Mullally about trying to be unfamous and (...)

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy perform at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London on February 22nd, 2017. Photograph:  Reuters/Toby Melville

Stormzy deserves his place on the top of the musical pile. Need convincing? Here’s a few of his finest lyrics

Transgender  TV star Laverne Cox: “Folks who oppose trans people having access to facilities that are consistent with how we identify know the things they claim don’t actually happen . . . It’s really about us not existing, about erasing trans people.” Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS

LGBT Americans are included in all the other groups targeted by the president

The difference between Leo Varadkar’s relationship status and Simon Coveney’s: is it important?  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fine Gael must beware not to look like a jaded band obsessing over a new lead singer while the audience has already left the gig (...)

 Numbers game: Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures

Blockbusters are having a meltdown, but the major movie studios aren't learning

Drake performs in Leeds on February 9th, 2017. Photograph:  Andrew Benge/Redferns

Drake’s Boy Meets World tour arrives as the artist is at the peak of his powers, and the show lives up to the hype

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: what would the world look like if, armed with all his internet data on us, he was president of the United States? Photograph: Esteban Felix/AP

Politics is played out over social media. Imagine a White House Mark Zuckerberg

Una Mullally: Political posturing of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg should leave us all reaching for the emoji that most signifies concerned.

Politics is played out over a web of social media. Imagine a White House Zuckerberg

Writer-director John Butler, centre, with the cast of ‘Handsome Devil’ –  Jamie Hallahan, Eoin Griffin, Jay Duffy, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford and Finn O’Shea. Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images

Writer-director John Butler’s films always echo his own life. So what happened when he went back to his teenage years at Blackrock(...)

Old-school Nokia - streamlined and slick and back on the market

The 3310 evokes a time when everything was changing

At the time of Eircode’s launch, in April 2014, Liam Duggan (right) said “Ireland is setting a new world standard”. Standard for what, one wonders. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Poorly designed postcode system should already have been returned to sender

Historic change: in 2015 Ireland removed medical criteria from the legal recognition of gender. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Declan Henry’s interviews with transgender Irish are worthwhile, but already they feel partly rooted in the past

Sinead Hingston with her daughter Lily and her boyfriend Michael Green.

Meeting on Tinder, life as a young widow, whirlwind engagements and new arrivals

Edwin Sammon: “It’s always framed as ‘Brave man talks about his battle with cancer’. For me, it’s a treatable disease like any other disease. It’s an endurance test. I wouldn’t call it  a battle and I wouldn’t call myself brave”

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Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

Young Blood: an edgy night of hip hop and poetry in the NCH promises to present the voices of the next generation

Political home: Stephen Donnelly  with  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD’s political expedience makes post-crash aspirations for change appear hopeless

Jen Kelly: “It’s really heartening to see a new movement happening, like the Women’s Marches and a bit of fire under people’s arses.” Photograph: Beta Bajgart

A firefighter, an airline pilot and a high-wire construction worker are among the subjects of a new photography book

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters marching  as part of a national day of action to end direct provision living for asylum seekers in 2013. Photograph: David Sleator

How can Europe condemn the Muslim ban with so many drowning in the Mediterranean?

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment rally in Dublin in 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson

Strike 4 Repeal’s planned action will inspire movement against the Eighth Amendment

Ralph Steadman cartoon of Hunter Thompson, from the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S Thompson directed by Alex Gibney

Ralph Steadman spent days trying to find Hunter S Thompson for their first assignment, the landmark article ‘The Kentucky Derby Is(...)

‘La La Land’: This is a film that just has fun with itself, and generally, it’s “white” films that get to do that without anyone wondering where the bigger message is. It will win bigly. Photograph: Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP

Growing recognition of non-whites marks shift but identity remains too relevant

Thousands of people on Pennsylvania Avenue gather in the Women’s March and rally to protest President Donald J Trump the day after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United State. Photograph:  Epa/Michael Reynolds

The millions of people across the world who marched in protest reveal the strength of the opposition

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Refrain from actually watching it and it’s easy enough to believe it’s a masterpiece

A talk show may be the ideal format for Brendan O'Carroll's Marmite creation

Apollo House should embolden not just activists in other sectors, but people inspired by activism. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The legacy of Apollo House is that the public now knows change can occur

Publishing unsubstantiated allegations gives the President-elect ammunition to further demonise the media and accuse legitimate n(...)

Twitter  trading  on the New York Stock Exchange: “People now scoff at Twitter’s inability to pivot or diversify or evolve or monetise or find a workable business model.” Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

‘At what point does the grief outweigh the positives you gain from Twitter?’

Steve Bannon, of the hateful online outlet Breitbart, will be in the White House. It will be the media’s role to challenge this new era, not treat it with such a light touch. Photograph: Getty Images

We should not be interested in humouring fascism. We should be invested in destroying it

When writing the to-do lists and goals for 2017, make time off a priority if you want to get more done.

Is saying you are busy an attempt to show how indispensable or important you are?

George Michael, who died this week. We manufacture emotional connections with famous people, and when those people die, their impact on our lives, and our memories and emotions associated with them create a helpless feeling of bereavement. Photograph: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns/Getty

Events feed confessionalism as we express our sadness as a way of talking about ourselves

Seven years before coming out, George Michael performed with Lisa Stansfield at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness, at Wembley Stadium on April 20th, 1992. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

‘Pop hunk transformed into a gay icon when few celebrities had the guts to come out’

Eipic’s  Fionn Foley, Cian O’Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Roisin Ni Cheilleachair and Daire O’Muiri. Photograph: Bryan Brophy/1image

Culture review 2016: Post-truth, American fascism and white supremacy will affect art and pop culture for a long time

Protesters move mattresses into Apollo House on Tara Street in some direct action against homelessness. Photograph: Kitty Holland

People take action on homelessness because the Government has failed to act

Ellen Page stars  in David Freyne’s psychological horror film The Third Wave

Make sure you catch The Third Wave but steer clear of the smug shoppers

“As multibillion dollar companies took hold in our world, many people naively assumed – for no real reason – that tech companies would always do with “right” thing.” From left are, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Alphabet chief executive Larry Page, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, US vice president-elect Mike Pence, and president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Will they use their power to resist or do they want a piece of greatest ever act of ‘disruption’: the disruption of US democracy i(...)

Emigration gives the person who leaves the country a different perspective but Irish people who remain are not necessarily any less ambitious or creative. Photograph: Eric Luke

We should value young people who stay in Ireland as much as those who leave

Donegal: the coolest place in the world – and we didn’t need ‘National Geographic Traveller’ to tell us that

Yes to Donegal and Christmas markets, but no to automated airports

Nancy Whang  at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: “It may seem like I’m underplaying my abilities or accomplishments, but I just try to keep reality in check.” Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Whang got into music almost as a hobby, and she still worries: when is ‘somebody going to discover you’re full of s**t’

Imelda May at Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Title sponsors and a larger cultural offering mean that this is the year when the Dingle event stops being a small music-industry (...)

 Leo Varadkar: Criticised by Willie O’Dea for accepting a guest slot on RTÉ’s “Late Date”, the Minister cooly tweeted: “Ah chill Willie . . . You’re most welcome to ring in a request if you like.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar radio gig could be a first step in politicians taking over the Irish airwaves

Women sell fresh produce at a street market in Hoi An

Vietnam may be chaotic and tricky but it’s also great fun and the food is stunning

Mary Garrioch and Philip Tyler, two of the presenters of RTÉ children’s programme ‘Bosco’, in 1982. Photograph: © RTÉ Stills Library

RTÉ outsources young people’s department but those Gilmore Girls are back

Ryan Tubridy on the set of last year’s Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

During tonight’s show, award yourself a mince pie each time you spot one of the following

I’ll never forget walking around Glastonbury the morning of the result and feeling so sorry for Brits with their heads in their hands (and not from hangovers). Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

It is a crime to wish away time, but I cannot wait for this year to be over

Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn said injecting centres would “kill communities”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

All Dubliners need to be provided for – hoteliers, councillors, and heroin addicts too

 Christmas lighting ceremony on Grafton Street, Dublin.  Visit DublinatChristmas.ie for the full programme of events  across the capital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Big coats will keep you toasty, but cost of Christmas puts a chill down the spine

St Patrick’s Day in New York. “I think Irish people feel particularly affected by Trump’s rise to power, because the US, in many ways, is only down the road.”

What happens when someone in your family starts going out with a psychopath?

Aisling Bea: “People go to me ‘oh, you’re doing acting now? And would you be interesting in keeping up the acting?’ And I’m there with tears rolling down my face.”

Stand-up comedy, acting in ‘The Fall’, writing her own show and now team leader on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ panel show – Kildare woman (...)

US president elect Donald Trump. Over 140 pro-Trump fake-news websites were manned by youngsters in the Macedonian town of Veles, writing fake news stories to generate clicks for cash. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Fake news was clickbait frivolity until its Orwellian role in the US election race

Explore Your Archive Week: Members of Horgan’s Picture Theatre Orchestra, Youghal, Co Cork, circa 1920. Image courtesy of the IFI Irish Film Archive

Archives are hot, yes really, but cold winds are blowing through American Apparel

Facebook: “A friend of mine said she could no longer deal with waking up, grabbing her phone, and scrolling through other people’s drivel.” Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

The mindless new channels we’ve created across social media are screwing us up

 Katie Hopkins: In booking her, the Late Late Show placed itself on par with the worst of the barrel-scraping nighttime radio phone-in shows. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Making people roar at each other for entertainment value on serious issues is so over

Emoji. We predict this is too too much.

Wonder Women looks like corker, but Radiohead’s gig doesn’t fill us with excitement

Donald Trump   after the first presidential debate: The minute he  dipped his toe in the water, broadcast media rushed to him for ratings. Photograph:    Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

In a post-truth society where facts don’t matter, a surreal campaign was run on the lowest common denominator of hate

An attendee holds up a sign in support of  Donald Trump during an election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday in New York City. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

So many women voting Trump shows extent of misogyny in western society

Presidential contender Donald Trump: “Imagine children hearing the details on the news, and then hearing it excused by adults as ‘boys will be boys’.”

I wonder how the girls felt that the boys were taking up Donald Trump as ‘their guy’

Nails by Naomi Yasuda: just the “nailspiration” you need

Velvet Dr Martens and oysters are on the up, while Vine and Take That head the other way

Fight Like Apes in the early days

This week, Fight Like Apes called it a day. I first discovered them in the Róisín Dubh in Galway and nothing was ever quite the s(...)

Share pictures of hikes on social media: There is no purpose to not drinking if you can’t impose your new amazing healthy lifestyle on everyone as if holding off on booze for 30 days has magically turned you into some kind of Gaisce leader.

What is the point in punishing yourself if you can’t also publicly commend yourself?

Justin Bieber performing at the 3Arena in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

At times sullen and half-hearted, the star’s performance shows that his transition to grown-up artist is not quite complete

Justin Bieber fans Lucy Linnane and Jane Sicat, both from Tralee, Co Kerry Tralee, at the  3Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Canadian pop star’s fans flock to the 3Arena for the first in a series of concerts

Uber probably doesn’t want to have to engage with the archaic structures of minimum wage, paid holidays, pension contributions, sick pay and other benefits that protect workers. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Uber probably doesn’t want to have to engage with the archaic structures of minimum wage, paid holidays, pension contributions, sick pay and other benefits that protect workers. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Uber and Airbnb live in the type of economy where wealth never trickles down

‘The Great British Bake Off’ will be getting some new ingredients, with Mary Berry, above with Paul Hollywood, set to leave along with hosts Mel & Sue

Dingle is going to America, but 'Bake Off' is leaving its spiritual home

Supporters of the Waking the Feminists movement demonstrating outside the Abbey Theatre, to highlight the lack of gender equality in the theatre’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Centenary commemoration was missing one crucial ingredient – an act of rebellion

William Huston, Daveed Diggs and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping

“Broadway was weird,” says Diggs of his time on award-winning musical Hamilton. Now back with his hip-hop outfit Clipping, Una Mul(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and her fellow Government Independents opposed AAA-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger’s motion calling for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Zappone operating in hostile environment rarely in tune to needs of women’s rights

At the New York pride march in June, 49 members of Gays Against Guns dressed in white to represent the lives lost in the Orlando nightclub massacre. Photograph: Monika Graff/Getty Images

Gays Against Guns draws on LGBT veterans of direct-action Aids campaigns

The Irish comedian has been named as a new team captain on British TV comedy show ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’

Aisling Bea and Bram Stoker are rising fast, while Sterling is going the opposite direction

Trump appeals  to every crackpot conspiracy theorist, every tinfoil hat-wearing rage-filled person, everyone who thinks America is in fact on the brink of a civil war, everyone who thinks a race war is the way to “take their country back”, everyone who is waiting for the rapture or sees things in biblical terms of good versus evil.

His baseless attack on the election process feeds every crackpot conspiracy theorist and extremist out there

Two Door Cinema Club: Kevin Baird, Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday

Constant touring, drink, drugs and demons tore the band apart. They’ve put the pieces back together for their third album, ‘Game(...)

What happens when your rent is raised a couple of hundred quid a month? There is no buffer. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Why are all the benefits for landlords? Some 20 per cent of TDs own rental property

Coldplay sold out their Croke Park gig for next July in about 40 minutes. Photograph: Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage

Coldplay are very popular right now – Twitter spam on the other hand...

Bailey McDaniel wipes off the side of the campaign bus of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before his campaign rally at the South Florida Fair & Expo Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Post-Trump Tapes, will women be more ‘allowed’ call out misogyny as they see it and experience it?

Kate Tempest: “It’s very unusual for a woman to be taken seriously just at first glance. We’re much more used to kind of looking at rather than listening to what a woman has to say.” Photograph: David Stewart.

The poet/ rapper/ playwright/ novelist is in full flow as she talks about her novel ‘The Bricks that Built the Houses’, her new al(...)

Conor Oberst and Band at Other Voices Austin. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Other Voices decamped to Austin for a new series. Here are 10 things learned

For some American voters, it’s a case of Hobson’s choice, so should they abstain from voting? Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Is abstaining from voting a political act or an anti-political one? In a contest with so much at stake, is it ethical at all?

 Solange Knowles: sisters are doing it for themselves

The girls are taking charge (hooray!) and so are the farmers (hmm)

Edward Snowden: Still holed up in Russia, still waiting for a pardon from Barack Obama.   (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

We seem unwilling to face to up the reality of the level of state surveillance of citizens that he exposed

‘Do I really have to go along with this? Oh no, oh God, me too, then.’ Many of Sharon Horgan’s jokes revolve around a reluctance to indulge. If there’s an acerbic thing to be said, it will emerge. Photograph:  Michael Rowe/Contour by Getty Images

Interviews of the Year: This highly successful, Bafta award-winning writer and actor is currently running two television shows, b(...)

Random breathalysing. The reduction of road fatalities is an example of a multi-faceted approach to a tragic problem. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ Irish Times

Political will and ‘joined-up thinking’ saved lives before, and could do so again

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