‘What’s slightly tricky to understand about Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íosagáin, secondary schools on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, is that they are both linked and separate.’ Above, pupils arriving at Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘If parents are genuinely perturbed by the idea of anti-homophobic bullying initiatives, then perhaps they too would benefit from (...)

The Gender Recognition Bill will allow transgender people to have their status recognised by the State for all purposes – including the right to marry or enter a civil partnership and the right to a new birth certificate.

While the Gender Recognition Bill is welcome, there are huge shortcomings

Most LGBT people won’t have to come out on radio like Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, but there is still pressure involved in the process.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

For most in LGBT community coming out is a positive experience but problems remain

Theatre Machine: ‘It’s brilliant for young companies to test their work in an environment that’s not necessarily final or complete. It’s so important to have someone in to see your stuff before going into a final production’

Each evening, audiences pay €14 to see four short works in progress. You might see a disaster or an embryonic hit

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Role models such as the Minister for Health show being gay is not a hindrance in Irish society

Aaron Paul: dreams of being born. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

The actor, best known for his role in Breaking Bad, was in Dublin recently, so we put a fat stack of short, sharp questions to him

People hold panels to create the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”, as French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Given its stranglehold on societies for generations, religion should be poked and prodded

‘As for the cheapness of Wetherspoons’ alcohol, why is this being met with no opposition when there has been a national conversation for decades about excessive consumption of alcohol, a level of consumption that is directly linked to the cost of that alcohol?’ Above, a JD Wetherspoon  pub in London. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Opinion: pubs are one of our biggest draws for visitors and natives alike

A resolution for RTÉ: since Santa brought Montrose the early Christmas present of Ray D’Arcy, the station now has to figure out how to maximise his talent. Here’s a resolution for it: give him a big TV gig.

‘Abstinence and cutting back are tough enough at the best of times, but in grim January, it’s even more torturous’

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