‘Thankfully the true neighbourly feelings that exist between the vast majority of people that live in these islands can be expressed without inhibition now that the slow learners of the political world have come to terms with the reality.’ Above, Prince Charles and   his wife Camilla  are welcomed  to Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Stephen Collins: Hard politics a bigger challenge than handshake with prince

‘It is 20 years since Prince Charles attended a State banquet in Dublin Castle hosted by the then taoiseach John Bruton but it has taken this long for him to be able to visit the scene of Lord Mountbatten’s murder’

‘Catherine  Deneuve says that in the 1960s, “high-heeled shoes were for women of ill repute. They were reserved for those who were obliged by their profession to live up to a caricature. Do women today really want to make caricatures of themselves?” Yes, apparently.’ Above, Deneuve with and actor Benoit Magimel pose as they arrive for the screening of the film “Standing Tall” (Tête Haute) during the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images Breda O’Brien: High-heels in Cannes and the gender agenda

‘High heels were once the exclusive province of men’

‘The Central Bank bought into what its boom-time governor John Hurley (above) referred to in his appearance before the banking inquiry on Thursday as the “soft-landing consensus”.’   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh Diarmaid Ferriter: Should central role of the Central Bank be the public interest?

‘TK Whitaker suggested the role assigned to a central bank is to be cautious, to be the warning light’

‘Gerry Adams’s handshake with Prince Charles this week was not an isolated gesture of reconciliation. Sinn Féin has for some time had a section devoted to outreach to unionism, with party chairperson Declan Kearney playing a leading role in its work.’  Photograph: BRIAN LAWLESS/AFP/Getty Images Time for a new kind of ‘Ulster covenant’ to rekindle the peace process

Could a campaign – led by reconciliation and civil society groups – drive a fresh initiative?

‘This contradictory aspect of equality led Karl Marx (above) to argue, when criticising the Gotha programme adopted by the German Workers’ Party in 1875, that the equal rights it proclaimed were in fact constrained by their emergence in capitalist society judged by the amount of labour they supply.’ Photograph:  Henry Guttmann/Getty Images Paul Gillespie: Why equal doesn’t have to mean identical in marriage vote

‘Various political philosophies have struggled with the issue of how to reconcile definitions of equality as identity with the human experience of individual difference’

‘One can also only imagine how much it took for Prince Charles on Tuesday to shake the hand of the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who was such a significant figure in the leadership of the organisation which had killed his beloved Mountbatten.’ Photograph: Adam Gerrard/ WPA Pool/Getty Images Noel Whelan: Amid forgiveness in Mullaghmore we should not forget the past

‘While some may breathlessly trumpet Gerry Adams’s magnanimity in shaking the prince’s hand, the real bravery for peace was on the British side of that encounter’

Rónán Mullen: ‘The very use of the term “marriage equality” on the ballot paper is designed to make voters think they are anti-equality if they’re leaning towards a No.’ Photograph:  Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES Head to head: Rónán Mullen argues against same-sex marriage

‘A No vote will force the Government to reconsider in what circumstances a child can be brought into the world using a donated sperm, or a donated egg and surrogate mother’

 Colm O’Gorman: ‘I feel, perhaps for the first time in my life, like I could be a fully equal citizen. I have felt this way because of the people I have met, people I do not know, who have told me that I am one of them.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times Head to head: Colm O’Gorman argues in favour of same-sex marriage

‘Our family has the same potential to be indispensable to the welfare of the nation and the State as the families of those vocal on the No side’

‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images Economic crisis had serious consequences for thousands of Irish children

‘In March, 1,054 children in 471 families were homeless. Meanwhile, over 1,400 children are currently spending formative years of their lives in direct provision’

‘Ireland’s recent courageous decision to deploy peacekeepers to the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights (UNDOF) to help address the worsening crisis in Syria was a strong testament to its commitment to the United Nations.’ Above, vehicles of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force are seen near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, on May 4th, 2015. Photograph:  JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images Ban Ki-moon praises leadership and courage of Irish men and women

UN secretary general says handshake between Prince Charles and Gerry Adams shows others they can turn their back on conflict

‘Wildly exaggerated fear tactics’: A poster advocating a No vote in the marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley John Fanning: Campaign advertising – the good, the bad, and the scurrilous

‘With a general election now less than a year away, the referendum ads raise the wider issue of the effectiveness of political advertising’

‘Jim Allister, leader of Traditional Unionist Voice, accused the DUP of “the worst excesses of the abuse of power” in the Assembly’s lifetime.’  Photograph:Paul Faith/PA Eamonn McCann: Assembly committee powerless in the face of ‘abuse of power’

‘All parties other than the DUP voted to “note” the report which had castigated McCausland and Brimstone while upholding Palmer’s account. The report was “not worth the paper it was written on”, scoffed McCausland’

Eamon Ryan: ‘Our carbon pollution is the equivalent to the footprint of the 400 million poorest people in the world.’ Photograph: Getty Images The Path to Paris: Why we need to take a great leap forward on climate change

‘The inconvenient truth is that our Government and the various agencies of the State and the business world here have no story to tell about climate change’

 Rory O’Carroll: ‘Working in the field of social work I have seen gay people suffer hugely with issues around their emotional wellbeing at the hands of stigma.’ Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan Rory O’Carroll: ‘I will vote to end discrimination against gay and lesbian couples’

Children who are part of same-sex couple families deserve and need constitutional protection, says Dublin footballer

Arthur Beesley (left): ‘There are greater and more pressing inequalities that should be tackled’; and Hugh Linehan: ‘There is no logical reason for the existing age limit of 35 on candidates standing for the presidency.’  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times Head to head: Should the age for presidential candidates be 21?

Yes, says Hugh Linehan. No, argues Arthur Beesley, in an Irish Times online debate on the referendum

‘Another matter not discussed in this campaign to date is a theological body of opinion which believes Jesus knowingly acknowledged and blessed a same-sex union.’  Photograph: Getty Images Catholic Church teaching on marriage has changed down the centuries

‘Generally, in a pastoral context, bishops are sensitive to gay people and groups, as are most priests’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I encourage everyone to vote and to reflect carefully’

‘My position is that of Pope Francis, who . . . made it very clear that he was against legalising same-sex marriage, yet he was consistent in telling people not to make judgments on any individual’

‘The reality is that the vast majority of children are raised by their biological parents and this will not change with a Yes vote. But the concept of parentage is much broader than biology.’ Photograph: Getty Images Tanya Ward: ‘Marriage equality in no way undermines the rights of children’

‘A child’s wellbeing doesn’t depend on the type of family they grow up in’

‘If we redefine marriage as the Government proposes, we redefine the family as well. And we redefine it in a way that will leave some children disadvantaged.’ Photograph: Getty Images Government’s dictatorial attitude makes people slow to say they’re voting No

‘The unsubtle message is that the only reason anyone could have for supporting the No side is that they are homophobic bigots’

‘Then there’s our own Belfast Agreement, into which the Human Rights Act is woven. The latter’s repudiation would breach international treaty obligations, specifically in relation to the British-Irish Agreement that underpins the agreement.’ Photograph: Getty Images Patrick Smyth: UK is on wrong path with human rights changes

‘Would Westminster legislate to allow the writ of the ECHR continue to prevail in Northern Ireland and Scotland while not in the rest of the UK, creating two legal rights regimes within the UK?’

As a priest, I subscribe to the Christian understanding of marriage that it is a sacrament celebrated between one man and one woman.  Photograph: Getty Images ‘I don’t care what they call it, I’m in favour of marriage equality’ – Fr Gerard Moloney

‘While I see it as a sacrament, I believe it’s up to the citizens of the State to decide how they define marriage and who can enter into it’

Political reporter, Ursula Halligan, who made her personal case for a Yes vote this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Una Mullally: We have come a long way but there’s one hurdle left

In the 1803 Proclamation of Independence, Robert Emmet wrote: ‘Show to the world that the Irish are not only a brave, but also a generous and forgiving people’

‘The 228,000 young, well-educated Irish citizens who left Ireland in the past five years grew up in a more tolerant and diverse Ireland.’ Photograph: Getty Images Who won’t vote in the referendums? The exiled children of Ireland

If the same-sex marriage referendum fails, one reason would be failure to update Irish voting laws

‘The Lib Dems ended up with just eight seats out of 650 in the House of Commons while their Conservative partners in government won an unexpected overall majority. So does the same fate await the Labour Party here?’ Above,  the  leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg  announces  his resignation after the  British general election. PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Stephen Collins: Does the fate of the Lib Dems await Labour in Ireland?

‘A crucial tactical decision made by Labour was to claim credit for the totality of the Coalition’s record’

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