‘Neo-liberal political entities, such as Fine Gael, love such [commercial] “relationships”, because it removes the responsibility of the State to altruistically fund things.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The council faces a difficult conundrum about financing the popular bicycles

Which Irish people will influence Ireland – and the world – in the coming years? These 22 twentysomethings are likely contenders

Michael Conlan loses: the Irish boxer’s devastation is felt by a nation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Review: ‘Second Captains’, ‘Liveline’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘Drivetime’

Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin: 'What would make me happy is a society where the wellbeing of humanity is the headline act on the main stage, and everything else is just the support act'

Some well-known Irish people tell us what would put a smile on their faces, and we want to hear from you too

Following the signs: Electric Picnic after dark. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Una Mullally talks to some seasoned stalwarts of the festival scene about their most outrageous gig-in-a-field memories

‘Smart sports journalists barely veil their incredulity when an athlete does something incredible.’ Above, the statue of  Christ the Redeemer overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.  Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Una Mullally: The haze of cheating that has hung over this Olympics at times looks as if Christ the Redeemer is holding out his ha(...)

“The Olympics is also now taking place in the context of a very visual social media that obsesses over body image, fitness, gym attendance and healthy eating.”

Daily Beast article far more distasteful than a silly pitch about randy Olympians

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at  a campaign rally at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 9th. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Since Trump hinted at Hillary Clinton’s assassination he has crossed yet another line, and a big one, Even For Trump (EFT)

US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Sarah Rice/Getty Images

Kick Mickey Mouse up the arse Bishop Brennan-style? Emerge in KKK regalia?

Maynooth is the Front Lounge to Rome’s Fire Island. The Vatican is the gay clergy capital of the world, with a conveyor belt of gay soap opera storylines emerging from the Holy See – and those are just the ones we hear about. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hierarchy needs to ask itself why a gay man would enter the priesthood, when the organisation preaches against homosexuality

Moby’s new memoir is less about showbiz and more about clawing hs way out of poverty in the late 1980s

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron leads Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker of the House of Commons  John Bercow and Labour MP Hilary Benn as they pay tribute near the scene where Jo Cox was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photograph: Reuters

Absolution impossible for wildfire responsibility by whining ‘all I did was light a match’

Andrew Douglas  in the  farm he runs on the roof of Belvedere College, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Andrew Douglas's Urban Farm project demonstrates just how much can be achieved in small spaces in the city

Since we are now keeping our food waste in kitchens and bins for longer, a “yuck factor” has entered the equation.

Two start-ups are making the most out of the food homes and businesses throw away, writes Una Mullally

The capital’s Pride festival begins on Wednesday, culminating with the parade next weekend

We’re are loving the Dublin Pizza Company this week, but not so keen on invasive wearables

All hail jail Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks and Adrienne C Moore in  the new series of Orange is the New Black. Photograph: Netflix

As the hit series returns to Netflix, four of its stars discuss the show’s raw depictions of race, class, gender and sexuality, an(...)

Welive: one of a number of companies changing the image of communal living

Some US firms are trying to shed the aura of kibbutzes and hippies from sharing living

A-Schu looking glorious

We’re loving Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas but not so keen on Coachella copycats

A Second Captains podcast paid tribute to Muhammad Ali

Review: Irish radio this week shows the perils and the pearls to be found in social-media stories

You're going to be reading about them all summer - isn't it time you found out exactly what a "Reveller" is?

Young people are repeatedly ignored in Irish society, even though they are at the forefront of effecting positive social change, entrepreneurialism, creativity.

Already the word is out that even the projected fee of €4,000 won’t be enough

The tedious discussion over the next James Bond is something we can do without. File photograph: EON Productions/PA

A four-day week cannot come soon enough, but spare us the talk on the next James Bond

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Blindboy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Jacqui Hurley and more share their memories of ‘the beautiful game'

Its like asking them not to press the big red button while there’s a growing itch to think “go on, go on, go on, go on.”

Maurice Korncki from Poland with his 1973 T2 Volkswagen Camper enjoying the fine weather at the start of the vantastival Music Festival last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Una Mullally rounds up the best things to do this bank holiday weekend

‘The Dublin Tenants’ Association began an online campaign to highlight the difficulties renters face.’ Above, one of the images posted on Twitter.

Renters’ stories on Twitter make sobering reading but they need to speak with one voice

Ray D’Arcy: His programme has been the subject of numerous complaints

If you are a presenter or producer you know you are going to have to deal with complaints

If moving to WhatsApp makes us lose email contact, moving to email made us lose phone contact, and sending someone a birthday card became posting “hbd” on a Facebook wall, and all of the above ended letter-writing, does emoji use emotionally stunt us?

*insert deadpan emoji

Lois Kapila of the Dublin Inquirer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

From the firmly established satirical website Waterford Whispers News to the new literary journal Banshee, Ireland’s new generat(...)

Wellies outside fields, festivals or fishing Cannot be justified

Healthy chocolate spreads are all good, but put the wellies away

Louise McSharry (front) with Una Mullally on Dublin's South Wall. "When I was diagnosed with cancer, Louise was one of the first people I called, even though we weren’t particularly close. I was crying and asking for help and I knew I could trust her." Photograph: Eric Luke

Louise McSharry and Una Mullally initially bonded over cancer but the 2fm presenter has overcome many other obstacles in life. Now(...)

Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek in Bloodline

The slow-burning, finely acted Netflix drama is made for attentive viewing

Even at a basic financial level – which is how you have to talk to Fine Gael – why won’t the Government prioritise the capital, when Dublin is the driving force of the economy? File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With a directly elected mayor scuppered for now, there’s a feeling no one is in charge of the city

Joan Webster and Noeleen Cummins celebrate as the final vote is announced in The Same Sex Marriage Referendum in Dublin Castle, Ireland today 23 May 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“There are moments of togetherness that words cannot do justice.”

The millenial’s Birkenstock

We are loving Fatti Burke but not so keen on the return of FCUK

Changing one’s lifestyle in a revelatory manner is one thing, but following that through Happy Pear-style indicates a much deeper passion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Twins David and Stephen Flynn have built a mini-empire on their healthy eating philosophy. With the upcoming release of their seco(...)

Celebrate the anniversary of the marriage referendum with these events around the country

Celebrations in the courtyard at Dublin Castle following the same-sex marriage referendum result. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eighth Amendment is being kicked into touch in the same manner as marriage equality

Chris Kraus: “Satire is a sensibility that’s under-represented in the culture.”  Photograph: Reynaldo Rivera

The US writer’s seminal novel about a curious love triangle is a touchstone for feminists. But don’t expect its author to take her(...)

Ditch the buttercream and fondant for your wedding cake.

In this wedding themed what’s hot we are loving going local and not so hot on wedding hashtags

Postponed: ‘The reality is, if the festival couldn’t happen in 2016, with all of the marketing buzz around the commemorations for the centenary year, the goodwill towards all things Irish and patriotism, it is doubtful that it can be successful a year later’

‘The organisers of Ravelóid should be applauded for giving it a shot’

Irish cute hoorism is often applauded in politics. But in Danny Healy-Rae’s case his is devoid of tactical skill, and his particular brand of it – not yet has polished as Michael’s – is stupidity dressed up as self-interest.

TD abandoning interests of very people he claims (repeatedly) to be representing

 There is little from Barry Cowen’s ‘Generation Rent’ document, which is odd considering he only published it in August and was at the forefront of Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. Photograph: Eric Luke

Those who voted for Fianna Fáil can rest easy that they’re fighting the good fight on a water utility bill and not much else

The Sun’s version of “truth” sowed deep resentment and distrust in readers and consumers of the trashier sectors of the media industry.

Where will the trivialisation of reality and abandonment of sources, facts, and substantiation leave online news outlets?

The Gloaming at Body & Soul is one of the best bookings this summer

We’re enjoying watching the progress of the Joan Didion documentary on instagram but not so keen on ant invasions

Moby’s music memoir ‘Porcelain’ will details his life from 1989-1999, and look at New York City, “as it transitioned from being a broken, dirty city to the bizarre and stratospherically expensive city”. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images

Here's a great selection of music-related books for when you’re on the plane or train or sitting by the pool

Abusing people online removes face to face interaction, so what happens when people have to read such abuse to women in person?

The perception was that Prince was brilliantly nuts, an absolute eccentric in every facet. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Every time you saw Prince appear on stage, there was pure joy emanating

Census of the Heart asks questions that are related to connections to and relationships with one’s home, job, community, friends and family

A parallel measure of the population asks about identity and feelings

No, we’re not hardy enough to do it year round, but we’re nearly ready to dip our (shivering) toes in the water

Taking a dip in favour of sea swimming, but bags of herbs are less of a winner

The news that Andrews Lane Theatre is to be turned into a 115-room hotel means another big dark room where people danced will be gone.

With the demise of Hangar there is not a single designed-for-purpose music-driven nightclub in the city centre

The annual Women in Media event at Kilcooly’s Country House Hotel, Ballybunion, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Much was learned at the fourth annual Women In Media (WIM) conference at Ballybunion in Kerry at the weekend

Limerick's Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle where patients are waiting on trolleys in corridors to have operations due to overcrowding.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said there were 569 patients on trolleys in hospital emergency departments this morning - the highest number ever recorded.Pic Emma Jervis / Press 22

The HSE features a collage of crises, and colonoscopy waiting lists are just one

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Award. Photograph: Roisín Ingle via Twitter

‘Irish Times’ Women’s Podcast awards director of TG4’s ‘Eipic’ at Women in Media conference

Joan Burton criticised the disproportionate maleness of the current government negotiations on Saturday, while speaking at the Women In Media conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry.

Tánaiste tells conference about misogyny and abuse suffered by female politicians

Former “Irish Times” editor Conor Brady: “How do we pay for good journalism as distinct from ‘infotainment’ and recycled celebrity news?” he asked the ongoing Women in Media conference   in Ballybunion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Brady describes issues of funding models’ demise at Ballybunion conference

Like Kimmy, Kemper is chirpy and upbeat, endlessly polite and sincere.

As the second season of Tina Fey's critically acclaimed Netflix comedy launches today, the cast talk big laughs, bad tempers and a(...)

RSAG: ‘I use Take by Propellerhead. It’s a quick and easy way to get down some ideas on the fly, and it’s free.’

From something as simple as Apple’s Voice Memo to the Animoog synthesiser, here’s what 10 Irish musicians love having to hand

There have been protestors outside Government Buildings for the last fortnight calling for the repeal of the eighth amendment.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

Growing chorus of British journalists condemning our brutal, criminalising, archaic and oppressive abortion laws

Clockwise from left: Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Teeter, Ashlei Sharpe-Chestnut, Erin Wilhelmi and Saoirse Ronan (foreground) in The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York/ Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Ronan’s theatre debut is with Ciarán Hinds and Ben Whishaw in a formidable production directed by Ivo van Hove

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary’s Park in Bronx, New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Bernie Sanders rally ahead of New York primary highlights key issues in Democratic race

Redressing the balance: organisers of Our Table pop-up restaurant Fiona Corbett (left) and Michelle Darmody (second right) with Annet Mphahlele (second left) and Ellie Kisyombe: “This is another way of bringing in people, making friendships.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Quality of life in direct provision is made worse for many residents by lack of access to cooking facilities and appropriate food (...)

So it’s basically an iphone 5 then?

We’re confused by the latest iphone but loving Calvin Klein bikinis

James Thomas: “The New Yorker [coverage], I can’t believe that happened. It is a domino effect”

Through his 40-plus Twitter accounts, as Astonishing Sod among others, James Thomas has created an utterly strange and original ty(...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘In a country with a lot of barrier-breaking to be done for women, a female narrative is a welcome one’

Easter Rising: re-creating 1916 outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Want to remember the 1916 Rising this weekend? Or avoid it altogether?

Former president Dr Mary McAleese at the launch of the LGBT Ireland report with Daniel Zagorski and Ciara Sheehan, both from BelongTo. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

“Tell the cat to chill”: Prince, the master of all he surveys

Here are some famous anecdotes that we’re really hoping will crop up in Prince’s upcoming autobiography The Beautiful Ones

As the cranes return to our capital’s skyline, the tide is going out on bricks.

Modern architecture holds bricks in disdain – and the evidence is everywhere

Mark Thomas

The activist-comedian brings his new show to Dublin next week. Here’s a sample of what to expect

Wicked Game: James Vincent McMorrow’s cover features on the trailer for the new series of Game of Thrones

Songs by Irish musicians such as James Vincent McMorrow and Hozier are all over TV at the moment. What’s the business behind it? (...)

‘My attitude towards what a “woman” is has to be inclusive, because who on earth gets to decide it isn’t?’

#FreeWomen was not meant to exclude anyone, but just draw attention to sidelined women

This week we’re loving great coffee but exhausted with loyalty card overload

Suffragist Margaret Sandhurst was the first woman to be given the Freedom of the City, in 1889, three years before her death.

Nothing stopping the city awarding 70 women the Freedom of the City to achieve gender parity

The threat that hangs in the air at night when a woman is walking past a group of men is not made up, it is not fantasy or an unfounded fear. Photograph: Thinkstock

Men need to call out unacceptable behaviour by their friends, writes Una Mullally

Old hand Joe Costello managed to steel himself for the press. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour must ask why the leaders of tomorrow aren’t gravitating towards them


Becoming a mother in Sierra Leone brings with it the highest rate of maternal death on the planet. Una Mullally travels to the wes(...)

Jimmy Napes and  Sam Smith backstage after their win for Best Original Song at last weekend’s Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Also nominated for a best-song Oscar last week was Anohni, the first transgender person ever to be in the running for an Academy(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Candidates who specifically positioned themselves as against choice failed miserably

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created one

Unbound - a new ‘InstaMiniSeries’ of 15-second videos - promises to take viewers on a journey of ‘meaning, metaphor and intention’(...)

Shonda Rhimes’ TED Talk  is one you need to watch

We’re enjoying pink bomber jackets but ’storage almost full’ messages are driving us crackers

Pure cool: Róisín Ní Chéileachair as Mona and Fionnuala Gygax as Bea in TG4’s Eipic

Frenetic and funny, touching and blunt, equal parts Pure Mule, Skins and Glee, Eipic is currently one of the best things on Irish (...)

‘So how did whoever do on whatever debate? I don’t know. And I’m not sure if it matters.’ Photograph: Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images

‘I’m allergic to their voices, their butchering of language, their PR’d answers, their deflection, their evasiveness’

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Author Harper Lee’s death is sad but her first novel has life lessons for us all

Roz Purcell’s book launch is a lesson in substance over style

We’re cray for Bey and sick of election mail

Minister for the Arts Heather Humpheys on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Free tin whistles, education changes and plenty of funding are just some of the arts promises in the various political parties' ma(...)

During the leaders’ debate on TV3 last week, abortion was framed solely in the context of fatal foetal abnormalities. It is such a typically Irish approach: why risk actually talking about the issue when you can just discuss a little bit of it? Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

No issue exposes the unwillingness to engage on important topics more than abortion: we are all part of the conspiracy of silence (...)

Beyoncé is no stranger to Dublin. Ahead of her tour, here’s her city guide

Enda Kenny tried to  to pin some kind of blame on Gerry Adams who said he would recruit 3,000 gardaí and reopen 140 Garda stations. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Anything that comes into view during an election campaign automatically takes the shape of a football before the eyes of a politic(...)

Asylum seekers protesting against conditions at Birchwood House direct provision centre in 2014: “Who benefits from imposing a structure on people that strips them of their dignity and identity?” Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Entire childhoods are being lost in the direct provision system

The only true successor to Joan Rivers has a great  four-part series on Netflix

This week we’re liking ’Chelsea Does’ but we’ve had enough of neon running shoes

 Viceland’s  Creative Director Spike Jonze with Balls Deep host Thomas Morton. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Media empire Vice’s unstoppable youth-culture charge continues as it sets its sights on the 24-hour TV market

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

It is incredible how no party has capitalised on young people's political involvement in referendum

Trinity College will  explore the possibility of consent modules for the wider student body. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A solid framework of education on consent and sex makes things a lot less blurry

Creative hub: Laura Dovn and Grace McEvoy of Block T in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Centre housing more than 70 studios must look for a new Dublin home

High maintenance doughnuts

Forget ‘The Revenant’ and fancy doughnuts, and focus on sorting out your festival schedule

Jackie Chan takes on the IRA in his latest film. Here’s how we see it playing out

 David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles this month. The two are reprising their X-Files characters Mulder and Scully with a six-episode revival on RTÉ. Photograph: (Brinson+Banks/The New York Times

The 1990s show - which returns to TV this week - was often dismissed as fodder for teenagers and conspiracy theorists, but its leg(...)

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