‘In the real world, real children are raised by lots of people doing their limited best – men and women, parents and grandparents, minders and teachers, friends and neighbours.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Such a message should be countered by ‘Hello Reality’ – the 30,000 men who bring up children

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The society portraitist’s depiction of the moment Roger Casement was sentenced to death shows two countries’ opposed but intertwin(...)

‘The last point about article 41 is that it is paranoid. This may indeed be the most interesting thing about it. Those who oppose same-sex marriage imagine a lost holy Catholic Ireland in which “the family” was perfectly secure until nasty liberals came along and started to undermine it. Yet if you actually read article 41, you will find its tone already imbued with portents of doom: the State pledges not just to support marriage but to “protect it against attack”.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Article 41 of the Constitution, dealing with ‘The Family’, is nothing more than the rhetorical cover for a cruel, hypocritical, se(...)

Tomás Ó Criomhthain: keen-eyed, romantic vision

The fisherman’s account of life on Great Blasket is a milestone in Irish-language literature

‘In a way, what’s happening in Europe right now is another round in a battle that’s been raging since telescopes were pointed at the skies – the battle between science and religion. The true believers know in their hearts that Hell awaits us if we depart from the path of financial righteousness. Those who believe the evidence are heretics. Angela Merkel (left) is the pope; Alex Tsipras is Galileo.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

‘Those who believe the evidence are heretics. Angela Merkel is the pope; Alex Tsipras is Galileo’

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Inspired by the Ardagh Chalice, the Sam Maguire Cup is the holy grail of Gaelic football. Could its lineage stretch back to the re(...)

‘The mindset that produced Michael Noonan’s “affordable and repayable” debt is one in which Ireland’s determination to be “very good” contrasts favourably with Greece’s propensity to be very bad’ Above,  Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Last year, Greece paid €8 billion to service debts of €315 billion. Last year too, Ireland paid €7.5 billion to service debts of (...)

‘Collateral damage is a by-product of what you target. And the damage to a generation of children is an inevitable result of the target chosen by those who govern us.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Austerity is a form of child abuse visited on the most vulnerable in society

Early production: The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre  in Dublin in 1942. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton/Getty

Audiences expected a play about liberation; what they got was a scabrous, unromanticised depiction of the Rising’s failings

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