Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt.   Ilustration: Brian Gallagher

It was a Friday in mid-August, a time of year when Dublin shifts into a slower gear and the long days blend into one. Politicians were on holiday. (...)

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland and Brian Cox of Red C Research and Marketing announcing the results of an Amnesty Red C Poll on Ireland’s abortion laws. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anyone who voted in the 1983 referendum is now at least 50 years of age. That referendum put article 40.3.3, the Eighth Amendment, into the Irish Cons(...)

Anti-abortion protesters are seeing marching in Dublin’s O’Connell St last weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

Almost two thirds of people are unaware abortion is illegal when a woman’s life is not at risk, according to a new poll. The Red C poll, conducted on(...)

Fr Peter McVerry receives the French human rights prize from Jean-Pierre Thebault the French Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:43

Fr Peter McVerry has been awarded the France-Ireland Human Rights Award for fighting homelessness and poverty in Ireland. Fr McVerry (left), who rece(...)

Emily Logan of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has called on the Government to heed the calls of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and start to “phase out” austerity measures.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said a UN committee report published on Monday has sent the Government a “strong message”. C(...)

Longed for: Seven Years and Nine Months is about an Irish couple having a child through a surrogate mother

She needs a mother for life, not just for nine months. As an argument against same-sex marriage, the poster that so described surrogacy during the ref(...)

Marriage-equality supporters  at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Too much. We kept repeating it to each other. By way of a greeting. Instead of ‘hello’ or ‘how’s it going?’ neither of which would cut it on this d(...)

The crowd in the courtyard of Dublin Castle  react as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:35

So here was that appalling vista blossoming before us. And you know what? The view was wonderful. In the end, two-thirds of Irish voters found (...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ní Bhroan with their twin 5-year-old children Tess and Rosa Cullen Byrne after voting in Monkstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney  “It like Christmas Eve when I was a ten-year-old,” says Gráinne. “I couldn’t wait for nine o’(...)

On Friday, Ireland stopped being afraid of itself. The No campaign was all about fear — the fear that change could have only one vehicle (the handcart) and one destination (hell). And this time, it didn’t work. 0:37

The overwhelming victory for the Yes side in the marriage equality referendum is not as good as it looks. It’s much better. It looks extrao(...)