Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “So while we rightly celebrate marriage equality, there is still some uncertainty and a certain chill factor with gay and lesbian people, especially in schools.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Discriminating against LGBT employees in health and education will be illegal by summer

Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Just 30 years ago, Supreme Court said homosexuality was ‘harmful’ and ‘wrong’

Monnine Griffith (L) and Clodagh Robinson celebrate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Couple will declare they are ‘spouses of each other’

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney at launch of the annual report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman yesterday. Mr Feeney said that journalists risked becoming irrelevant by failing to maintain standards of accuracy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Journalists risk becoming irrelevant and losing public trust, watchdog warns

If the proposal is passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic explains the legal implications of the proposed amendment

Former minister Alan Shatter, who lost his High Court challenge aimed at quashing parts of the Guerin report. Photograph:  Collins Courts

In excoriating 71-page judgment, ex-minister accused of initiating a ‘collateral attack’ on Guerin report

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Law on adoption and donor-assisted reproduction overhauled by provisions

Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist, after leaving Laganside Courts after a judge ruled in his favour and against the Christian-run bakery Ashers. Photograph: Getty Images

Key legalities mean a different verdict could have been given in the Republic

A Rohingya migrant child poses for an identification picture at a temporary shelter  in Kuala Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

UNHCR will declare 300 as refugees before they arrive here

The possible implications for the Belfast Agreement of a Tory move to repeal the Human Rights Act have set off alarms in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

London plan to shelve Human Rights Act risks a constitutional battle with Scotland

The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister emphasises governments’ duty to safeguard human rights dimension of pact

Campaigners on both sides of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum (above). Referendum Commission chairman Mr Justice Kevin Cross has said any law that treated one type of married couple differently would be carefully scrutinised by the courts and would likely only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Photographs: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Referendum Commission chairman says laws treating couples differently will be ‘scrutinised’

Referendum Commission chairman Kevin Cross responds to questions on the same-sex marriage referendum.

Referendum Commission chairman Mr Justice Kevin Cross on Yes/No vote legal implications

Theresa Villiers (top, with Lady Tina Stowell,  leader of  House of Lords)  the Northern Ireland secretary  at 10 Downing Street: David Cameron previously pledged to scrap the UK’s Human Rights Act and his majority makes it easier for him to do so. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Dublin to warn Tories it may breach Belfast Agreement terms and threaten stability

Graham Dwyer’s legal team will submit the grounds of appeal - the points of law on which it is seeking reappraisal in the courts - in the coming weeks, after which the prosecution will file its response.

Appeal to centre on issues raised by lawyers during trial for Elaine O’Hara’s murder

 A Marriage Equality poster featuring campaigners Grainne Healy  and Denise Charlton. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Question: What is the difference between marriage and civil partnership?

Newly elected SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black greets defeated Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Even the SNP itself initially seemed taken aback by the scale of its feat

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon says never in her ‘wildest dreams’ would she have imagined her party could win 56 out of 59 seats

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy gives a gracious speech after failing to be re-elected as a member of parliament for East Renfrewshire.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Reuters

The Lib Dems went into the election with seven seats in London – by this morning they had only one

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty

Result casts fresh doubts on future of union with Labour decimated

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, (right), and the party’s candidate for Rhondda, Shelley Rees-Owen,  after casting their votes on Thursday. The party failed to make a breakthrough, staying on three seats. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Upset as Conservatives narrowly win Gower constituency held by Labour for over 100 years

Comedian Eddie Izzard and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on the British general election campaign trail in Glasgow on Monday. Many Catholics in Scotland have stuck by Labour in the face of the nationalists’ surge, but some are disillusioned over the party’s stance on independence. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Scottish National Party set for gains in one-time Labour strongholds

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon: should know the scale of the SNP’s advance by about 2am. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

For those planning an all-nighter there will be declarations coming thick and fast

Berwick Rangers players celebrate a goal scored against Rangers in their home ground in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England.  As close to Edinburgh as it is to Newcastle, its football team plays in the Scottish league. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Berwick watches unfolding Scottish political drama with a mixture of alarm and hope

William Hague and his wife, Ffion. In the last election, the former Conservative leader won the Richmond seat by more than 23,000 votes. Photograph: Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images

A small number of voters will decide the election but what about everyone else?

Ukip Leader Nigel Farage with 22-year-old candidate Robin Hunter-Clarke. Mr Hunter-Clarke is running in Boston, Lincolnshire, where support for the party has surged in recent times.  Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Conservatives struggle to fend off Ukip challenge in Boston, Lincolnshire

British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband during a visit to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

South Wales region tops league tables for poverty, ill-health and education inequality

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood speaks to the media outside her party’s office in Treorchy, Wales, which is next door to a fish-and-chip shop. The surge of the Scottish nationalists has turned the spotlight on the difficulties their Welsh counterparts face in making a similar breakthrough. Photograph: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

History, demographics and a ‘soft nationalist’ Labour Party working against Plaid Cymru

Pictures of Armenians killed in Istanbul in 1915  at a rally to commemorate the anniversary of the mass killing. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

In 1915 1.5m were killed and now the small community struggles to keep identity alive

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Prince Charles at a remembrance concert in the Istanbul Congress Centre. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President says ideas of ‘true Irishness’ led to battle victims being overlooked

Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on April 20th, 2015.  Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty Images

Asylum given to those who can show they are fleeing persecution and in need of protection

Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to high standards. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Michael O’Higgins SC thinks decision relaxing criminal evidence rules has huge implications

Supreme court judge Adrian Hardiman: “I consider it utterly unwise, to use no stronger word, to grant to the gardaí, in that context, the effective immunity from judicial oversight which this case does.”

Adrian Hardiman says ruling gives Garda ‘effective immunity from judicial oversight’

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  In his 166-page minority judgment, one of his most impassioned, Mr Justice Hardiman deplores what his colleagues have done. Photograph: The Irish Times

Divisions emerge as judges relax controls on use of evidence obtained in breach of rights

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern that lack of same-sex marriage support will affect funding is a ‘red herring’

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Many people have a family member, friend or colleague who is gay, says Gerry Adams

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe said this week that he would write to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett recommending a motion of censure against Mary Lou McDonald. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD denies she abused Dáil privilege by naming former politicians

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Everything you need to know ahead of vote on constitutional change on May 22nd

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Referendum Commission guide to be sent to 2 million households at end of month

Deputy Alan Shatter TD: “The timeframe is gone. So we’re into the lifetime of the next government, and there’s no guarantee what the composition of that government will be.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Concern over generating controversy key to dropping surrogacy from children’s Bill, says former minister

Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

A sharp veer to the right has secured a fourth term as PM for Binyamin Netanyahu. What does it mean for a peace deal with the Pale(...)

 Brian O’Donnell arrives at the Court of Appeal in Dublin for  an appeal case to a High Court trespass order against him at his former seaside mansion home Gorse Hill, in Killiney. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Judgement expected by end of next week as court very anxious to ‘finalise this matter’

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell.  Photo Leon Farrell /Photocall Ireland

O’Donnells want court to overturn decision granting trespass order to bank

Brian O’Donnell: Said his loans were not from Bank of Ireland but from Bank of Ireland Private Banking, which was not a licensed bank but a mortgage intermediary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Stay extended on Gorse Hill departure order pending outcome of couple’s legal challenge

Court of Appeal grants solicitor stay on south Dublin mansion pending appeal

Members of the French community play Petanque at a club on in Netanya, Israel. French authorities estimate that as many as 150,000 French Jews live in Israel, and the number of new arrivals has been rising in recent years. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

French-speaking estate agents in town of Netanya see a boom in business

A furniture removal team was seen removing furniture and other items from the O’Donnells former property, Gorse Hill, on Vico Road in Killiney on Thursday night. Photograph: Justin Farrelly Photos.

Justice Sean Ryan says stay granted so Mr O’Donnell can present appeal next Thursday

Brian O’Donnell asked the  appeals court if he and his wife, Mary Patricia, should “continue to pack up” their belongings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

O’Donnell may be able to appeal High Court order requiring vacation of Gorse Hill home

Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, during campaigning  in the country’s general election.  Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Charismatic former Netanyahu aide’s views on Palestinians place him far from mainstream

Isaac Herzog at a campaign rally in a market in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod  on March 3rd. The Labor Party leader, who is seeking to becom prime minister of Israel after next week’s general election, has strong Irish connections. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

Polls show the scion of the ‘Israeli Kennedys’ has momentum in campaign’s final days

A construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel: “These houses . . . are on land taken from Palestinian ownership,” says Hadeel Hunaiti of human rights group al-Haq. photograph: uriel sinai/getty

A place that exemplifies normalisation of settlements in Israeli life draws young people

As soon as the government order was issued, gardaí visited every head shop in the State and requested a list of the substances on sale. Within three weeks, the number of head shops around the country fell from 102 to 36. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Number of pending cases affected by fallout from Court of Appeal’s decision thought to be small

A young boy flies a kite on the Mediterranean beach in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

A campaign dominated by housing and the cost of living has left the peace process sidelined

Brian O’Donnell at the Four Courts last week. Mr O’Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia will have their bankruptcy hearing at the High Court later this month.  Photograph: Courts Collins

‘Two weeks to go through two feet thick of documents is not reasonable,’ says Brian O’Donnell

 Prof Robert Harrison, chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: “We feel that this issue has not been properly debated and that the public have not been consulted on the matter.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Obstetricians warn TDs that plan could ‘drive donor conception underground’

Jerry Beades, founder of the New Land League, at the O’Donnell’s Killiney home. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The group says it will assist anybody whose family home is being threatened by banks

Wasteland: Palestinian boys play on the rubble of a building in Shejaia. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

After last summer’s war, residents of the suburb of Shejaia returned to a barely recognisable expanse of rubble. Six months on, it(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has warned that the Child and Family Relationships Bill will bring donor-assisted human reproduction in Ireland to an end. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Exchanges between Shatter and Frances Fitzgerald dominate committee meeting

The O’Donnell home, Gorse Hill, on Vico road, Killiney, Co Dublin. The house has been assigned on foot of a claim for debts in excess of €70m owed to Bank of Ireland. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Latest move follows expiry of deadline for couple to vacate Vico Road house

Hans Zomer (above) director of Dóchas, said all charitable organisations had a duty to adhere to “the highest possible standards”.

Secretary general Donal Forde resigns over corporate governance and direction of charity

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Q Why was Charlie Flanagan in Palestine and Israel this week?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Ireland committed to two-state solution and opposed to settlement expansion – Minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Government is to provide €4.7 million in funding to UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister for Foreign Affairs says he is ‘truly shocked’ by destruction in Gaza after war

Trinity College Dublin: seeking an injunction against Trinity English School, which is located adjacent to its campus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

College says Trinity Language School infringes its intellectual property rights

Women were seriously underrepresented in the more senior ranks at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where they made up 27 per cent of counsellors and 8 per cent of assistant secretary and higher grades. File photograph: Getty Images

Departmental audit found women twice as likely to say approach to gender equality insufficient

Welcoming the referendum on same-sex marriage, which is due to take place in May, the Human Rights and Equality Commission said it was “an important step” towards full protection for the family life for all couples, irrespective of their gender. File photograph: Marvin Gentry/Reuters

Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes referendum due in May

 Scales of Justice: in refusing the make the budget cuts the DPP said she was “not in a position to decide not to prosecute a class of crime, or crimes in a particular area of the State, in order to make the saving sought.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Office said proposed €1.9m cut was equal to half cost of prosecuting murder and rape

Advocates argue that a different set of factual circumstances – namely, those of a fatal foetal abnormality – could also legally justify a termination given that the “unborn” will not live.

Constitutional lawyers differ over abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: may have been relying on Standing Orders to rule out Dáil debate on Garda malpractice. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett could have let the debate in the Dáil go ahead

President Michael D Higgins recalled the 11 million victims at the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration  in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael D Higgins, at memorial service, says world has duty to remember those who died

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

Head of centenary project said initiative could generate money, jobs and visitors

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit Alliance:  described Syriza’s win as “a victory for all the victims of austerity in Europe”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin congratulates party of Tsipras and Siptu supports call for debt conference

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter  has lost his appeal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision on a complaint taken by Independent TD Mick Wallace over disclosures on RTE’s Primetime.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Judge finds claim that former minister had no standing to take appeal ‘well founded’

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Yes and No sides hone their strategies as both expect a tightly-fought campaign

The Government has nominated barrister Isobel Kennedy for appointment as a High Court judge. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Isobel Kennedy SC appointed following Court of Appeal reshuffle

Relations between Government and the judiciary have grown warmer since Frances Fitzgerald replaced Alan Shatter at the Department of Justice last year. PHOTOGRAPH: ERIC LUKE

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald outlines her plans for judiciary and the opening up of the legal profession

Rallying after the terrorist attacks in Paris on January 11th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Events of past 10 days remind of some ways in which France is the same – and different

People queue outside a Paris newsagent’s yesterday as the latest edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo goes on sale. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Stand-up comedian Dieudonné among those arrested for hate speech and defending terrorism

Columnist Philippe Lançon, who recounted events in Libération. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Eyewitnesses recall horror of attack at Paris magazine office

A woman reads the last issue of French satirical weekly Charlie on Wednesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty/Bertrand Guaybertrand

First 700,000 copies sell out within minutes

 Commuters queue to buy the new edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris today. Photograph: EPA/YOAN VALAT

First batch of 500,000 magazine copies quickly snapped up by customers

The daughter of Phillipe Braham, one of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris last week mourns during their funeral service in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/AFP/Getty Images

Members of country’s 500,000-strong Jewish community shaken by Paris killings

Click below to see the full centrespread of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo

Magazine back on sale one week after the terrorist attack

Armed security patrol outside a Jewish school in the Marais district, Paris, as children make their way home. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Serious questions about last week’s attacks will be asked by agencies

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead. Photograph: Joel Saget/Getty Images

On the silent march through Paris people carried placards declaring ‘Je Suis Policier’

Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of ‘Charlie Hebdo’, is remembered by marchers as they make their way along Boulevard Voltaire in  Paris yesterday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The same words were on every lips, on every placard: ‘Je suis Charlie’

World leaders including (from left) Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French president François Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the start of the march.  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A million and a half people marched behind political leaders in Paris

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting French president Francois Hollande at the Elysée palace on Sunday afternoon before the rally. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach says meeting of the security committee took place on Saturday

French police are hunting Hayat Boumeddiene (L), the girlfriend of  Amedy Coulibaly (R) who was killed yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Paris Prefecture de Police

Authorities believe Hayat Boumeddiene (26) flew to Istanbul days before the attacks on her way to Syria

Riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris. The suspects were were identified by a petrol station attendant in the town of Villers-Cotterets, 70km northeast of the French capital. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

Police search 20km sq area of Picardie for brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi

A young woman holds a symbolic pen  as she joins others for a minute of silence in front of Notre Dame cathedral in memory of the 12 victims of the massacre at the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

President François Hollande calls for unity, saying ‘nothing can divide us’

French president François Hollande (right) shakes hands with former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Élysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Hollande appeals for national unity and so far the political truce has held

Undated handout photos of Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, the two prime suspects in the Paris terror attack as a third man handed himself in.

Authorities had a particularly detailed file on 32-year-old Chérif Kouachi

A policeman stand guard in front of the Elysee Palace as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Hundreds of police and soldiers patrol airports, train stations and newspaper offices

The DPP has reportedly been weighing whether to bring charges against David Drumm since receiving a file from investigators in late 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: Irish authorities frustrated in attempts to draw Drumm into Anglo inquiries

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has split asylum reforms from the main immigration overhaul. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Requests for refugee status and other protection being streamlined

 Frances Fitzgerald:  said referendums had their own ‘momentum’ and that recent history showed attitudes could shift dramatically during a campaign.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Frances Fitzgerald says referendum may not support extending civil marriage to same-sex couples

The High Court was satisfied it was in the best interests of the unborn child to authorise, at the discretion of the medical team, the withdrawal of life support.

Family may proceed with burial following St Stephen’s Day High Court decision

The Four Courts: Costs were awarded to woman’s family as the case raised issues of ‘great public importance’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

All medical evidence suggested chances of successful live birth ‘virtually non-existent’

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