Protesters and counter-protesters argue during a demonstration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Humorous responses risk undercutting the seriousness of the rise of white extremism

Gwyneth Paltrow: selling Goop. Photograph: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

What’s Hot, What’s Not: The new Central Bank is in, so-called clean eating is out

Petitioner X and his husband decided to remain anonymous for personal and professional reasons. “We didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves.”  Photograph: Getty Images

The couple whose same-sex marriage case failed in Belfast this week feel deeply frustrated

“Chauvinism and toxic masculinity are the calling cards of those who descended on Charlottesville.”  Photograph: Mykal McEldowney/Indianapolis Star via AP

It’s difficult not to see Charlottesville as a turning point – but we don’t know to where

Kayla Sauvao of Australia and Ireland’s Alison Miller at UCD during  a Women’s Rugby World Cup match that ended Ireland 19, Australia 17. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Reaction to Women’s Rugby World Cup shows ingrained attitudes yet to be tackled

Model turned singer Cara Delevingne’s new song  ‘I Feel Everything is beyond’ ropey. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Yes to USB ports coming to Dublin Bus, but no to Cara Delevingne’s new song

US B52 drop bombs over a Viet Cong controlled area in South Vietnam in 1965. America lost 60,000 military in Vietnam. Nearly two million Vietnamese civilians were killed. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US has been almost constantly at war since 1700 and threats to North Korea have to be seen in that context

Luas-related signal and electronic boxes at College Green, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Luas Cross City’s messiness proves our planners do not care about visual pollution

‘The solution to a lack of housing supply is the State building houses.’ File photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Several issues need to be tackled at once if we are to make progress on the situation

Old-school  wearable tech. Photograph Getty

Cocktail bars and private clubs are in, vaping codology is out

A history of Ireland in our favourite words: 22 – leprechaun. Their place in Irish folklore was solidified by the 1959 Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Little People

From leprechauns, langers and eejits to boycotts, donnybrooks and Tories

Protesters gather in front of the White House after President Trump announced transgender people may not serve ‘in any capacity’ in the US military. Photograph: AFP Photo

Trumps ban on transgender people in the military has real consequences for LGBT people

Ariel Levy: ‘When you lose your son, and your spouse, and your house, the house is not the most important.” Photograph:  John Lamparski/WireImage

Ariel Levy’s memoir is bald and bold in its honesty. She is a writer who pares things down until only simplicity and clarity remai(...)

“Conversations about sustainability and fashion tend to revolve around the slow-fashion movement, reacting to our fast-fashion reality – cheap clothes, mass-produced in factories in developing countries.” Photograph: Woo He/EPA

Sustainable items carry premium prices but fast fashion comes with environmental costs

Percy Pig, the chewy sweet synonyous with a trip to M&S, is celebrating its 20th birthday

Percy Pigs and Aengus MacGrianna both have a spot in our hot list

Passengers boarding of Ryanair plane Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk, Poland (Photo by Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

My Ryanair-hack shows you how to avoid paying to sit beside your friends and family

Thisispopbaby’s production ‘Riot’. “It is not blindly optimistic. It places resistance and egalitarianism front and centre.”

‘Riot’ drenches modern Ireland in colour in a triumph of wild and uplifting theatre

A HSE audit found €1.85 million in top-up payments to St John of God executives

St John of God saga illustrates the opaque ownership structure of some key public services

 A man uses his iPhone during a preview event at the  Apple Store in Williamsburg, New York City, US. File photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The ultimate smartphone has fostered internet addiction and the cult of ‘busy’

Nan Goldin and Vivienne Dick at the launch of the exhibitions Weekend Plans and 93% Stardust in Imma, Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The avant garde chroniclers of outsider lives met in New York in the 1970s, and it was friends at first sight

RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar

Women should call out Donald Trump-type behaviour in their workplaces, writes Una Mullally

Pride Dublin 2017: We all share this island, so it’s only right that we ultimately share the same rights. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

DUP actions on marriage equality still mean-spirited and rooted in discrimination

35 years after a murder in the home of DJ Vincent Hanley, the case remains unsolved

Robin Wright: amazing in Wonder Woman

What’s hot, what’s not: Loudly painted doors are in but slick houses are out

 Leo Varadkar appointed just three women as Ministers of State in his Cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Although Varadkar likes to see himself in vein of Macron and Trudeau, he has fallen at first hurdle they bounded over

Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone: Their 2006 legal case began a conversation about love, and what it meant to have that love recognised. Photograph: David Sleator

With Katherine Zappone she was the spark that lit Ireland’s marriage equality movement

Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul.  Shouldn’t work, but it does

What’s hot and what’s not this week

Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – the novel about a totalitarian theocracy that has now been made into a TV series – is a regular visitor to Irish shores. Maybe she comes here for research. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu

Problems with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act dramatically highlighted this week

British Labour Party supporters  at a general election campaign event in Wales. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

The British media and political establishment failed to predict a revolt by the young

 Stormzy: “Have you seen that footage of House of Commons? They’re all neeky dons! The way they all laugh and cheer. Is this f**king Game of Thrones?” Photograph:  Samir Hussein/Redferns

Whatever way the UK turns this week, the Grime4Corbyn movement represents a landmark moment

In ‘Everything’ you can be a tree, or a bug, or a whale, stars, a rock, and on and on. It is about the interconnectivity of the universe, of nature

The Irish animator’s new video game is a mind-blowing journey into philosophy where you can be almost anything

Leo Varadkar:   A gay taoiseach is actually a very big deal indeed, but Varadkar’s politics are relatively rare among those who marched for his rights. Photograph: Paulo Nunes Dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

Conservative taoiseach-elect is evidence of how broad a church LGBT community is

The George. One of the pubs being refurbished as part of a  €20 million investment by its owners the Mercantile Group. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When a new club or bar opens up, you can almost tell how it will be before you go there

Not good: the mercury rises and out come  the ankles. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

...but the new Baywatch movie leaves us cold

British Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn. File photograph: John Stillwell/Getty Images

British Labour leader’s comeback is partially the result of unfavourable coverage

Guns N’ Roses, playing at Slane Castle, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

With all 80,000 tickets sold out in a day, this was a gig for fans who really wanted to be there

Axl Rose and Slash perform at the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour at QSAC Stadium Brisbane on February 7, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph:  Marc Grimwade/WireImage

Plan your route, bring cash, be prepared for all weather - and 400 gardaí will be on duty, so leave the nitrous oxide at home

Candidates for the Fine Gael leadership Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Directionless Labour is failing to cut through former coalition partner’s simplistic slogans

Master of None, Aziz Ansari’s sweet, charming and funny sitcom is back on Netflix for series 2

What’s not: Avocado, Masterchef and over-priced rentals

Stealth drama: Sharon Horgan and Rob  Delaney in ‘Catastrophe’. Photograph: David Stewart

Growing success of women writers a long overdue result of broadcasting’s evolution

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

And all change at the Abbey and Gate – our rigid cultural venues are, at last, mixing it up

Sarah Kendzior has become a must-follow journalist, as her deeply unsettling predictions about how things will unfold as Trump mimics other authoritarian leaders continue to come to pass.

Those who were previously seen to be alarmist in reaction to and coverage of Trump have been proven correct

Burning Man installation ‘The Temple of Forgivness’ by David Best and Tim Dawson

Burning Man founder Harley K Dubois is on a mission to spread the festival’s revolutionary ethos

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 city

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 t(...)

‘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 w(...)

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”

When Edwin Sammon was diagnosed with cancer at 36, his new comedy show began to evolve. But his dark comedy didn't always find a s(...)

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 ne(...)

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

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