Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys at the count at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tears of joy were everywhere at a party so good even the Eurovision was ignored

Celebrating the news that Ireland voted in favour of same-sex marriage in Dublin Castle on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill. Timeline: Thanks to the Irish Queer Archive at National Library of Ireland, Tonie Walsh, Chris Robson, Thomas A O’Shea

Looking at gay rights in Ireland from 1861 to May 22nd, 2015

Legal change does not always mean social change, Dr Mike Thomas of the University of Kent told The Irish Times

‘Couples will wake up after the referendum and homophobia will not have been eradicated’

Bus driver Andy Wilkinson with Moninne Griffith(left) and Mary McDermott of the Yes Equality campaign

Andy Wilkinson’s new job driving the Marriage Equality bus has changed his life

Louise Bruton: “Accessibility and mobility are important issues for a lot of people in Ireland and we want to make sure that something as simple as getting around your hometown is straightforward and easy to plan.”

Louise Bruton continues to review cafés, bars, venues, festivals in Ireland and abroad

You know what you have to do on May 22nd – vote Taylor Swift

Pictured from left to right are students Sean Rooney (DCU), Danielle O’Sullivan (Maynooth) and Shane Keane (Maynooth).

‘Every vote will count’ say students as they prepare for May 22nd trip home

Book argues the pro-choice movement needs to stop being apologetic and put abortion at the centre of women’s lives

Prince George on his way in to see his new sister on Saturday with his father Prince William. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Baby’s status as fourth in line to the British throne should give her an extra 11 years on her peers

Only 6% of young people agree that “the referendum has an impact on existing marriage between a man and a woman”. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey not funded by any interest group or organisation involved in the referendum

Jedward at the ‘Stay Safe on Facebook’ launch at Facebook Dublin. The Diana Awards celebrate young individuals who have actively taken a stand to online and offline bullying.

‘I feel like it’s a massive moment. It is acceptable now’

A screengrab from a video in which Mrs Brown and Lenny Abrahamson join forces and call for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage rReferendum on May 22nd . Video: Treasure Entertainment

Video directed by Lenny Abrahamson stars Ireland’s ‘Mammy-in-chief’ and her son, Rory

Aaron Kiely will be hoping his customers can “come, relax and even have a beer” while he cuts their hair. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Aaron Kiely of the SitStil salon will be styling hair in a pop-up in Dublin’s Bernard Shaw

Madeleine Connolly  from Glenageary, Dublin,  at the launch of  the Yes Equality Bus in Dublin yesterday as it began a   nationwide tour to canvass for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘I’m very disappointed with the Pope. I was sure he was going to be on our side’

Ann Dowsett Johnston,  best-selling author of ‘Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol’, says: “Alcohol is dirt cheap here. It is astonishing how cheap it is.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dublin conference hears how breast tissue is very susceptible to drink-related cancer

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan says the garda involved in Yes campaign photocall ‘acted in good faith’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Registration event involving gardaí called off after backlash from No campaigners

Of every 100 women who use the withdrawal method, four will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly. For the less skilled 27 out of 100 will become pregnant, according to figures from Planned Parenthood

Recession and high price of contraception sees rise in less reliable withdrawal method

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. File photograph: Reuters /Luke MacGregor

...but were too afraid, embarrassed or republican to ask

Ireland’s fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent.

Ireland the most ‘youthful’ EU country, with 40% of population under the age of 30

 Mubashra Kabir, originally from Pakistan and who was receiving Irish citizenship, with her husband Kabir Ahmed and their daughters Ghaniya and Areesha at the Citizenship Ceremonies in the National Convention Centre on Friday morning. More than 2,700 people were made Irish citizens. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Cork-based mother of two among 2,700 people receiving Irish citizenship

It has been announced that Mariah Carey -  who has sold 14 million copies of  ‘All I Want For Christmas’ - has sold a pitch for a Christmas movie. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

‘I’m all about the holiday season,’ says the singer – and who could argue with that?

Members of the Speaking of Imelda  performance group chained themselves to the columns of the General Post Office in Dublin for two hours on Monday as they made an unofficial contribution to celebrations of the Easter Rising of 1916.

Feminist group seeks to ‘shine light on this country and on issue of reproductive rights’

The Cassidy family pictured at the Rotunda Hospital: parents Kevin and Veronica with their quintuplets Conor, Amy, Cian Rory and Dearbháil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cassidy children return to Rotunda to celebrate with medical staff who delivered them

Senator Ivana Bacik with Safe Ireland researcher Simone George and chief executive Sharon O’Halloran at the launch of The Lawlessness of the Home report. The study’s recommendations include making domestic violence a crime, ensuring consistency in the application of the law and making “pockets of good practice” the norm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Safe Ireland report presents women’s experience of legal remedies for domestic violence

Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, hold their granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky after their daughter Chelsea Clinton gave birth in New York in September. Photograph: Jon Davidson/Reuters

Does being a good granny mean giving up the second half of your life, like some of you did the first?

Director Frank Berry with pupils (from left) Jordanne Jones, Ross Kelly, Warren Caulfield, Ross Geraghty and Nikita Rowley, all of whom appeared in the film I Used to Live Here at Killinarden Community School, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pupils of Killinarden community school star in ‘powerful’ film highlighting cluster suicides among teenagers

 Mary McAleese who, along with Mary Robinson, a few suffragettes, Constance Markievicz and Grace O’Malley, stumped  Ella Hassett when she was asked to name 10 Irish women who had made a mark on history

Women who were ‘famous, infamous, relatively unknown’ will now be acknowledged

Ireland fans Neil Cotter and Mark May from Glasnevin with Polish fans in Poznan during Euro 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Before Sunday’s Euro qualifier, PolskaÉire will celebrate our links

 Katha Pollitt: “At least one in three women will have an abortion in her reproductive life.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Prominent feminist to speak in Dublin about her new pro-choice book

Events on Ramsay Street, home to Australian TV series Neighbours, have been chronicled for 30 years. The show has been a launch pad for the careers of  Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Jason Donovan.

Secret to Ramsay Street success has been an audience that never thought about it too deeply

Artist Eamonn O’Neill pitched four ideas to Google for the Doodle. “I just wanted it to be simple,” he said. Google chose O’Neill’s first suggestion, of shamrocks playing traditional Irish musical instruments, including a bodhrán. Illustration: Eamonn O’Neill/Google

First time an Irish person has designed search giant’s St Patrick’s Day logo, artist says

A passersby picks up free flowers at the Cath Kidston flower cart in central Cardiff ahead of this Sunday’s Mothers Day. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Anna Jarvis intended to express love and gratitude, not buy gifts and pre-made cards

The world’s biggest social network Facebook has removed its ‘I feel fat’ status update option following an online campaign. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social network replaces ‘fat’ with ‘stuffed’ after #fatisnotafeeling campaign

Stephanie Roche netted her first goal of the year and her seventh for Ireland as the Republic’s women’s team completed their Istria Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon.

Roche nets her first goal of the year in a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica

Louise Glennon of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “This invitation is encouraging to women, particularly those with a diversity of experience from the community and voluntary sector, from the public service, and from business.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plan to increase number of women on boards aided by stateboards.ie

Demon drink: While many in the heart of Dublin had heard about plans to curb cheap alcohol sales, few could get to the bottom of it. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Some people would put drink on the table quicker than they’d put food on the table’

 Beyoncé and  husband Jay Z at a basketball game in  January: both did the 22 Days Nutrition challenge  in 2013. Photograph:  EPA/Paul Buck

Make like the singer with her vegan-diet delivery service or take comfort in ‘lardy’ Liz

Andy Murray  speaks at a press conference at the 2015 Australian Open. After winning his semi-final match Murray spoke out against those who had criticised his decision to hire Amélie Mauresmo as a coach.   Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Comment: Murray’s Australian Open progress shows Mauresmo was right pick, regardless of gender

As well as penning 25 novels (she published her last, Bittersweet, in 2013), Colleen McCullough was a neuroscientist.

Sadly, sexism in women’s death notices is not an issue restricted to Colleen McCullough

Girls more likely to be poor and women take desperate measures to pay bills, seminar hears

Fat Boy Slim on the main stage during the Electric Picnic Festival in  Stradbally Co Laois in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

More acts will be announced over the coming months

Coláiste Eoin  in Stillorgan. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Group claims it was told Coláiste Eoin move was because ‘both sides’ should be heard

Anton Savage started slightly nervously on his new show, but managed to make all the right noises by the end. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Nervous broadcaster forgot to pay for parking and was clamped while on air

A still from the Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl advert: getting their hair and lipgloss out but leaving the rest to the imagination

Lingerie models faking it for Superbowl ends week in women’s sport with a slam dunk

What do you think might play when Enda’s phone rings? Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Politicians’ gadgets with ‘jazzy’ jingles interrupting meetings are in the news

Page 3 of the Sun on Tuesday. A new look?

It’s early days, but the Sun has started to put a few more clothes on

 Student Amée Dunne (left) and her fiancé Kathryn Nea at the launch of USI campaign: “We have an opportunity to protect our children, who are being bullied for being attracted to someone of the same gender. It’s not right and it’s not fair and it’s not equal.”  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

‘This is not just about equality, it is about love’

File photo of the 5th Annual Marriage Equality March in 2013. The Union of Students in Ireland will launch its pro-marriage equality campaign on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Students’ union president Laura Harmon: Referendum a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity

“You have spent too much at Christmas. Your pay is taking an interminable time to land in your account. The weather is awful. It is dark. You want to marry the person you love, but can’t because the law won’t let you.” File photograph: Getty Images

It is your destiny to feel rubbish today, unless you’re happy. In that case, stay as you are

Presenter will now compete with Ryan Tubridy, Pat Kenny and Sean O’Rourke

Journalist Tracie Joyce in the Athlone office of Travellers’ Voice magazine. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Journalist Tracie Joyce on the media and attitudes towards the Traveller community

The campaign by Sport England urges women of all sizes and shapes to get active. Photograph: Still from This Girl Can video/Sport England

Missy Elliott rap song used in Sport England’s fitness drive to urge women to become more active

The Late Late Toy Show was Ireland’s most watched programme last year with an  average audience of 1,594,000.

Toy Show fills top six slots in Ireland’s 50 most-watched programmes of all time

Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock, which was embroiled in controversy after advertising a Welfare Wednesday drinks promotion night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Customers ‘entitled to a social life’ at Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock

Abortion rights and having access to childcare were also high up the list, according to a poll by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/File Photo

National Women’s Council of Ireland: Government must prioritise equality

The men of our parliament have it in their hands to make 2015 the year Ireland stood up for all of its women. Photograph: Getty Images

To paraphrase our own Edmund Burke – it is time for ‘good men’ to do something

Returned emigrant Tom Lawlor: ‘I’ve never felt any homophobia. I’ve never felt that my relationships have been judged differently from those of my peers.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Yes result in next year's same-sex marriage referendum would herald a positive shift in attitudes, say visiting LGBT Irish peopl(...)

THAT moment in the   World Cup  qualifying football match between France and the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in Paris on November 18th, 2009 when Thierry Henry handled the ball.

Comment: Loved almost everywhere, he is remembered in Ireland for that handball

Roche with her team-mates at French club ASPTT Albi.  Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Fifa Puskás Award nominee has received plenty of plaudits but so far little else

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada (left) was Miss World 1970. Megan Young of the Philippines (right) is the reigning Miss World. Spot the difference in our 1970 - 2014 picture show (below). Some things really don’t ever change. Illustrations: Paul Scott

Competition now has ‘added tests of intelligence and personality’

Marriage Equality: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has said that it has not issued any direction requiring that broadcasters must automatically ‘balance’ a discussion with an opposing view. Photograph: Getty

National Union of Journalists calls on authority to review its notes over marriage equality

 Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel walks the runway past  Hozier during the 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show at Earl’s Court exhibition centre yesterday in London. Photograph:  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

What was the Irish pop star thinking performing at the Victoria’s Secret show?

Tom Meagher and Mary Robinson photographed at a seminar organised by the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) today in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

Tom Meagher warns seminar of ‘anti-feminist misconceptions’ among men’s rights groups

Former President Mary Robinson. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mary Robinson and Tom Meagher among those addressing seminar

Merchandising wars: Christmas shoppers get into the spirit of Black Friday on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin shoppers behave well as American retail tradition makes gentle Dublin debut

The Union of Students in Ireland says it has registered more than 20,000 new student voters on electoral registers around the country

Campaign to get students registered to vote proves hugely successful

Stephanie Roche: “I’m happy. It’s been great. I’m not nervous. People tell me I’m in with a good shot and it’s the best goal. I’d love to go to the ceremony.”

Voting closes on Sunday night - will women’s football have its day in the sun?

Il primo’s head chef and manager Anita Thoma.

‘My father told me that, as a woman, I would have to be better than the men I worked with’

Mariaam Bhatti is a member of the Domestic Workers Action Group of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.

‘Many men don’t seem afraid of taking risks such as being self-employed’

Ireland rugby player Lynne Cantwell. Photograph: Inpho

‘Athletes often have to train their palette similar to how exercise trains your body’

Writer and broadcaster Maia Dunphy.

‘As one well-known female chef told me, motherhood and running a restaurant is an almost impossible combination’

Betty Friedan: ‘It is, perhaps, beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not, ’ she wrote in The Feminine Mystique. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one’

A display in Ann Summers on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

When plans for an Ann Summers shop on O’Connell Street first came to light, chief executive Jacqueline Gold got a bullet in the po(...)

If there’s a word that makes you “cringe” (yep, that’s on the list) please cast your votes below and we’ll announce our banned word of 2015 next Wednesday, November 19th.

What are the uncool, annoying words that leave you feeling a little dirty?

Keira Knightley: “That was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch’. Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.” Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images

Opinion: ‘Keira Knightley got us all focused on breasts again when she revealed all about a photoshoot she had done for Interview (...)

 Dr Andrew Rynne:  recalls that his “local parish priest called to my house. He seemed anxious to set me straight on the immorality of my behaviour. ‘Mutilation’, he muttered. I politely showed him the door.”

Male contraception proving to be a cut above the rest

A nun hands out ‘Yes’ leaflets at a Dublin polling station on the day of the 1983 referendum. Photograph: Pat Langan

The fight for contraception and abortion is marked in new exhibition

Monica Galetti, “the original mean girl”, returns to TV screens tonight on Masterchef: The Professionals. Photograph: Production/BBC/Shine TV.

Life after Michel Roux (and #potatogate) begins with focus on ‘the original mean girl’

Actor Shoshana B Roberts spent a day walking around New York for non-profit organisation Hollaback! Photograph: Peter Morgan/AP Photo

Documentary shows pervasiveness of street harassment in New York

High life expectancy and equal access to third-level education contributed to Ireland’s strong performance  in the World Economic Forum gender gap survey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Analysis: World Economic Forum survey places Ireland 8th of 142 countries

British comedian Russell Brand attends the Britain Needs a Pay Rise march in London on October 18th last. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Comment: Donald Trump, Piers Morgan are latest to vote on Brand’s revolutionary politics

‘The Secret’ will tell you that you can manifest whatever you want. Well, Irish women know that you can’t

The  Ross O’Carroll-Kelly statue  beside  Molly Malone  on Andrew’s St,  Dublin 2. Image: The Irish Times

‘Ross is a true south Dubliner. He should be at bottom of Grafton St, looking at his people’

Facebook offers up to $20,000 for egg freezing for female employees. The company also offers “a host of other fertility services for male and female employees”

Apple and Facebook move to pay to freeze women's eggs is raising eyebrows.

"I’m grand sure"

The Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life

Powerlifters  Lisa Duffy, Arlette Bomahou, Maedhbh Hanley and Laura McSweeney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish powerlifters find weight game brings benefits to body and mind

Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid, said recently arrived women are sometimes  at more risk of domestic violence because they are very isolated. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

One in three new Women’s Aid clients were migrants, agency says

‘If you want to walk round Ireland, or any other country, dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots … and buy a revolver,’ Countess Constance Markievicz said in 1915

From monitoring telephone calls to stealing and hiding guns, women were in the thick of it

Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Files show a significant number of women took heed of Countess Constance Markievicz and made active contributions to foundation (...)

Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Military service pension files highlights the role women played in Ireland from 1916 to 1923

The 2009 The Girls of Ryanair Calendar. Michael O’Leary says new Ryanair “family friendly” love does not involve inviting paying customers to ogle scantily clad staff for charity. Photograph: Collins Courts

Opinion: The bikini calendar is gone, let’s hope Michael O’Leary keeps his kit on

In a 1945  reference for his former secretary Eamon DeValera wrote : ’Miss O’Connell has read for me her evidence. I agree with it in general.’  Eamon de Valera pictured in uniform circa 1914. Images:  Keogh Brothers/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images and  the Military Service Pensions Archive

Secretary to Eamon de Valera in US and Liverpool Cumann na mBan member among applicants

 Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the the Peninsula Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Actor gives the UN General Assembly a belting 15-minute speech on gender equality

Jennifer Lopez’s new single, Booty, has debuted at number 18 in the US Billboard chart. Photograph: Kamal Sellehuddin/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez video making things worse for every woman on planet, writes Anthea McTiernan

Muddy the water on social class.. wellies are welcome everywhere now.

‘Class exists in Ireland as it exists elsewhere.. we just deny it’

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” asks men (and women) to put on high heels and walk a mile at one of three venues in Dublin, Cork and Galway in aid of Women’s Aid and Concern.

Men and women are being asked to ‘literally walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to raise money for victims of domestic and se(...)

Jenny Slate as aspiring comedian Donna Stern in Obvious Child

Analysis: New film Obvious Child addresses unplanned pregnancy, warts and all

Like our two glorious former presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald has all the trappings of power and choice and autonomy, yet she has none of them. No woman is immune from our State’s desire to tell her what to do with her body, even when she is the head of that State. There is no escape from our obsession with ovaries, no matter whose ovaries they are. 
Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opinion: Rights bodies flabbergasted at horrors Irish State has imposed, writes Anthea McTeirnan

Bernadette McAliskey: gave delegates a highly personal account of her childhood and the road that took her to the moment in 1972 when, in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, she crossed the floor of the British House of Commons and slapped the British home secretary Reginald Maudling across the face. Photograph: Reuters

Delegates told that young people need feminism

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