Kate O’Brien (1897-1974): “Nobody caught the world of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie as Kate O’Brien did and nobody has caught it since.”  Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images

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Miriam Lord with Charles Haughey

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Senator Katherine Zappone with  Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. Should they have to ask heterosexuals’ permission to marry? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opinion: Those in favour of same-sex marriage need to develop a campaign independent of political parties

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Opinion: A mixed list system would mean that at least some politicians would not have to worry about their party colleagues

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