Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

Get down in Dublin Dublin’s newest hotel, The Dean, is custom made to appeal to a younger clientele, the type that finds proximity to a city’s (...)

The Courts of Criminal Justice where the trial was held. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Graham Dwyer’s sentencing has been postponed for four weeks but the only term open to Mr Justice Tony Hunt to impose on him is that of life. W(...)

Shop Talk: Craft toys

There’s a shop full of furry, mohair cuddliness nestled in the foothills of Slieve Rushen, Co Cavan. The first sign that you’ve entered somewhere u(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, says the department’s report has “no credibility”.    Photograph: Eric Luke

A housing charity is to seek legal advice on a decision by the Department of Social Protection not to increase rent supplement rates. Focus Ireland s(...)

Research shows that, historically, some of those drawn to being submissive often have to be powerful and responsible in their everyday lives. 4:13

When Graham Dwyer’s defence counsel Remy Farrell observed there were many “unique features” to his client’s murder trial, he was perhaps understating (...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney  said  a new €241 million investment programme in the seafood industry will increase the sector’s annual value to €1 billion by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has said that a new €241 million investment programme in the State’s seafood industry will increase the sector’s(...)

Members of Palestine’s El Funoun DaMembers of Palestine’s El Funoun Dance Troupe will lead an open-air instruction on the Middle-Eastern dance technique of ‘Dabke’ in Eyre Square as part of the Galway Dance Days festival this weekend. Photograph: Galway Dance Days

Ireland v PolandThe wait has been excruciating, but Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team will finally return to the Aviva Stadium for a first com(...)

Rents in Dublin increased by almost 10 per cent last year and by almost four per cent outside the capital, though increases have been higher in the counties around Dublin.

Rent supplement, which is provided to the lowest income households to help them pay for housing, will not be increased the Department of Social Protec(...)