“There will be referendums next year, and one of them should be to remove abortion from the Constitution and put it where it should be – into the ordinary Irish reality where most of us live.”

Opinion: ‘Constitutional provisions on abortion are just the detritus of the ecstatic picnic of theocracy’s final fling’

Sarah King and Amanda Gallagher from Loreto College with Joey, the puppet from War Horse, one of many successful shows to run at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Alan Betson

New Beginning’s offer to place theatre in trust for ‘artistic and cultural life of the State’ turned down in favour of private inv(...)

Strange bedfellows: Cillian Murphy and Mikel Murfi

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‘In fairness, John Bruton himself clearly does not see any problem with continuing to draw an enormous public pension while engaging in private work.’ Former taoiseach John Bruton, chairman of IFSC Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Opinion: No one in Fine Gael seems even slightly uncomfortable that Bruton gets €134,728 from the taxpayer but still works as a w(...)

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is for sale for €20 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘The artistic community of Ireland should come together to stop this sale,’ says theatre owner

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Alan Betson

The country’s largest theatre is up for grabs, caught in crossfire between Nama, the banks and developer Harry Crosbie. But there (...)

Jimmy Saville at the Central Remedial Clinic, Clontarf, Dublin, when he attended a testimonial luncheon in his honour given by the Variety Club of Ireland and the Central Remedial Clinic. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Dan Davies has written a detailed, scrupulous and assiduous book, but even it can’t illuminate the darkness at the heart of Savile(...)

Alan Kelly: could make a good start in his new job in Environment by getting to grips with this crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opinion: Small organisations doing vital work are being allowed to fall through the cracks

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