In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

Amnesty International has said the Government should end its ‘hypocritical’ abortion laws. Photograph: Thinkstock

Amnesty International has said the Government should end its “hypocritical” abortion laws as new figures show Irish women had more than 24,000 abortio(...)

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a number of complaints against the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in which the issue of abortion was discussed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a number of complaints against the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in which the issue of abortio(...)

Labour Senator and right-to-choose campaigner Ivana Bacik said the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission should consider taking a case to the High Court in Dublin in the light of the ruling on abortion in Belfast.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

It is “entirely possible” a case asserting the Republic’s abortion regime breached women’s human rights would be taken here, the executive di(...)

Although this book has many moving moments, it is not filled with flourish or colour. It is as considered and careful, in its tone, as the campaign was, and all the more useful for that.

Gay people in Ireland over the past half-century have been lucky with their leaders, and indeed supporters. While figures such as David Norris, Kat(...)

Graham and Helen Linehan: “Ireland turns its back on women in a time of need.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This week Amnesty International released Chains, a short campaign film voiced by Liam Neeson and produced by the television writer and director Gra(...)

People taking part in the rally organised by United Against Racism, calling on the government to take in more refugees, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The image of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, by now an indelible symbol of the refugee crisis in Europe, was once again invoked as thousands turne(...)

The campsite: Some 47,000 tickets were sold for this year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois

Electric Picnic has concluded for another year and thousands of campers, staff and performers are have begun leaving Stradbally, Co Laois. Gardaí hav(...)

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. CA(...)

 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(...)