Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) with presenter Seán O’Rourke in studio for ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ on the morning after the budget. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Reparations should be part of the solution to the heavily gendered State pension scheme

Photograph: iStock

Una Mullally: Official policy found yet another way to financially penalise Irish women

With Harvey Weinstein gone, it’s time for Hollywood to confront its anti-woman culture

Philly McMahon’s book proves a good choice, while Seatwave sales continue to enrage

Harvey Weinstein (left) with Ben Affleck in 1999 at an event benefiting the American Foundation for AIDS Research at the Cannes Film Festival. Affleck said reading the rape allegations against Weinstein made him “sick”.  Neil Munns/PA Wire

Hearing famous men commit to the basic politeness of speaking out against women being assaulted is heartening

The most fundamental aspect of housing policy is asking how many houses we need. In order to figure that out we have to ask how many houses we have. That most fundamental of questions is being asked and answered incorrectly

Murphy’s main problem is the Government’s abdication from building social housing

It’s coming: Stranger Things 2 on Netflix

Yes to ‘Stranger Things 2’ and literary bars; no to ‘Hocus Pocus’ remake and cargo pants

Anti-abortion campaigners protest at the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

March for Choice represented the middle-ground that is not being addressed

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will star Michelle Yeoh,  Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones

Star Trek takes to the skies, but Michael O’Leary is brought to earth with a bump

Anti-abortion protesters Jennifer Christie, Laura Ní Chonghaile, Shauna Prewitt, and Rebecca Kiessling outside Leinster House this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Our politicians are once again in fear of a middle Ireland than exists primarily in their imaginations

They are the digital equivalent of the lads with placards on Shop Street pointing towards a golf sale.

Trafalgar Square on St Patrick’s Day this year. Photograph: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images

From attempting to force marriage equality on the DUP to giving London back to the Irish

The  piano which is available for all to play while waiting on the train that has been installed by Iarnrod Eireann & John Murphy in Pearse Street Train Station, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pianos and Polaroids are the biz, but new iPhone price is a swizz

A Waking The Feminists event  highlights the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme  in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Women in media have struggled for entire careers but real change is elusive

Sloane Stephens is a bright new tennis star

The Dublin Podcast Festival is on the up, while yolk porn is getting old

US feminist Kate Millett in 1973 at a poetry conference in London. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The late American feminist was committed to an Irish mental hospital and rescued by friends

US president Donald Trump: Even though his incompetence is so clear, the latest figures say 47% of white men approve of the job he is doing. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The environment for scapegoating immigrants, refugees and Muslims was reinforced this day 16 years ago

Hong Kong: worth a visit, and getting there just got easier

The return of LCD has us tapping our feet, while we’re running scared from pumpkin spice

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar in action with St Etienne’s Saidy Janko. Photograph:  Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Hyperinflation and excess have helped make the beautiful game seem trivial

Just Eat’s go at a Full Moon Party came off like a club theming itself in preparation for a Junior Cert disco night. Photograph: Conor McCabe

At least Casa Bacardi and Red Bull focus on the music at the Stradbally festival. As for the rest ...

The RTE Concert Orchestra giving the crowd what they want at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Double bill with Jenny Greene and DJ Mo K among biggest hits of EP2017 so far

The Haunt is settling in to Body & Soul

Move over cheese, we love The Haunt for its skeletal remains and creepy dolls

Vince Staples

Vince Staples commands a stunning presence

 Majella and Daniel O’Donnell: about to get their home turned on its axis

Dermot Bannon in Donegal has a lot to recommend it; millennial shaming not so much

Conor McGregor attends his after-fight party in Las Vegas after losing his moneyspinning fight with Floyd Mayweather after 10 rounds. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

McGregor may have lost to Mayweather, but he can hold his head high – and so can we

Louise Bruton: ‘We all have our dry spells. We all get heartbroken . . . all the emotional things, they’re all similar to everybody else.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Louise Bruton’s Dublin Fringe Festival show examines our ignorance and prejudices, andtakes a real look at disability, sex and rel(...)

Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins (left) and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas of TLC are on tour this year. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

We’re happy to see TLC back on the road, but Bond could have done with being shaken up

Bank of Ireland ad touched a nerve for thousands locked out of the housing market

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(...)

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