Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lawyer Siofra O’Leary (46) has been appointed a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms O’Leary was one of three Irish candidates nomina(...)

The life of Jack Harte, who has died aged 94, could be said to have typified much of not just Ireland’s, but Europe’s, experience in the twentieth cen(...)

Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad over proposals that donor-assisted human reproduction should be confined to married mother-and-father coupl(...)

Back in about 1970, James Joyce put his hand on my leg in Rice’s bar in Dublin. He wasn’t the real James Joyce, but he looked like Ireland’s greatest (...)

 Cork’s inclusive choral group in rehearsal in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A community choir embracing gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight singers has this weekend launched a charity single to raise funds for the Yes campa(...)

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a “surreptitious attempt” to make “savage cuts” of 5.6 per cent to the salaries of Lein(...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation to use plain packaging on tobacco and cigarette packets has been passed by the Seanad, making Ireland the first country in the EU and the(...)

Gay Switchboard Ireland director Maria Keogh and Senator David Norris, who recalls: “[Volunteers] had to have the capacity to listen and to engage.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a listening ear. It has the potential to turn a life around.” So says a message on Gay Switchboard Ireland’s (...)