Orla O’Connor, Tara Flynn, Laura Hardiman and Louise O’ Neill at the National Women’s Council’s FemFest     conference in Croke Park:  The council’s breakthrough manifesto highlights 10 key areas it says will change the outlook for women in Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The forthcoming general election has the potential to be a breakthrough election for women in Ireland, the director of the National Women’s Council, (...)

“The angels were in the Four Courts last Christmas, but the angels were human.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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‘I made him scrambled eggs and he banged the table, told me it was disgusting. He then threw the plate at the wall.’ Illustration: Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images

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“In the eyes of most Irish people, we are a family now.” Monnine Griffith, Clodagh Robinson and their daughter, Edie. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Clodagh Robinson and Monnine Griffith Edie Robinson-Griffith is having a scone. She has already had the two fake carrots from the top of the cake a(...)

The manager of the unofficial Official Crumlin Shopping Centre Facebook page outside the unique retail experience. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘At a meeting held here this evening, it was decided the Crumlin Shopping Centre will impose strict economic sanctions on Turkey, following the downi(...)

Matt Berry(left) and Arthur Mathews, writers of Toast on Toast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hamm on Toast . . . Toast on Bacon . . . Toast of London . . . Steven Toast is the comedy creation that keeps on giving – just help yourself to any b(...)

Katie Taylor (red)  has won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What on earth are we all going to do when Katie Taylor hangs up her gloves? Last year Taylor was crowned The Irish Times/ Sports Council’s Sportswom(...)

Amal Alamuddin ditched her own surname to become a Clooney. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty

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Joan Burton got the plum job of announcing last week that social-welfare recipients will see their 2015 Christmas bonus rise to 75 per cent of(...)

Safe pair of hands: Katherine Drohan, producer of The Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Katherine Drohan is probably the busiest person in Ireland. “Up the walls is an understatement,” says the woman charged with making thousands of dream(...)