Most LGBT people won’t have to come out on radio like Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, but there is still pressure involved in the process.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Most gay people won’t have to come out on national radio as Minister for Health Leo Varadkar did on Sunday. The Minister’s coming out was different, b(...)

Theatre Machine: ‘It’s brilliant for young companies to test their work in an environment that’s not necessarily final or complete. It’s so important to have someone in to see your stuff before going into a final production’

This week, Theatre Machine, or to give it it’s full title, The Theatre Machine Turns You On Volume Four, will be cranking into life. Sixteen theatr(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Leo Varadkar is nothing if not frank. “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know, but isn’t somethi(...)

Aaron Paul: dreams of being born. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Michael Keaton in Batman or Michael Keaton in Birdman? Oh man. Michael Keaton in everything.   What is the most common thing for y(...)

People hold panels to create the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”, as French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

In 2012 Stéphane Charbonnier – aka “Charb” – told Le Monde newspaper: “I’d rather die standing up than live on my knees.” The statement, which Charbon(...)

‘As for the cheapness of Wetherspoons’ alcohol, why is this being met with no opposition when there has been a national conversation for decades about excessive consumption of alcohol, a level of consumption that is directly linked to the cost of that alcohol?’ Above, a JD Wetherspoon  pub in London. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

The word “jobs” is a password for permission to do as you please here. People win elections just by repeating the word. Large US corporations are a(...)

A resolution for RTÉ: since Santa brought Montrose the early Christmas present of Ray D’Arcy, the station now has to figure out how to maximise his talent. Here’s a resolution for it: give him a big TV gig.

The main problem with New Year’s resolutions is that we make them for themselves. As any good consultant will tell you (for a nice fee, of course), pe(...)

Damien Rice’s scorched singing lit up Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

  1 Small is the new big Big musical gatherings have their charm, but the magic is in the minutiae. Other Voices is a festival version(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Noble Call by Panti Bliss was a piece of unbelievably inspiring oratory. Serial, for fina(...)

Get off Facebook: Social media turns everything into a competition. Photograph: Getty Images

This is the time of year when people talk about “surviving” a season, followed by pressure from all sides to turn into some kind of virtuous superh(...)