Turnout on the coast was low and slow up until tea time, with some estimates as low as 20 per cent, but a late flurry of activity  pushed it over 50 per cent in several stations. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Same sex marriage referendum votes have been cast on 12 offshore islands extending from Donegal to Galway on the Atlantic coast.Some 2,100 registered (...)

Journalist Bruce Arnold said as an “officer of the State” the former president had broken convention by taking part in the same-sex marriage debate and abandoned her duties. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:00

Former president Mary McAleese was wrong to call for families across Ireland to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to journalist (...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)

If they are wearing pins and wearing badges that are supporting equality, which is what the Dáil is meant to progress in Ireland, then I do support them. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has backed members who have refused to remove badges promoting a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Senator David Norr(...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)

Senator David Norris said he would not take any objection to a member or a visitor wearing a No badge even if he doesn’t agree with their stance. Photograph: Eric Luke

Senator David Norris has refused to remove his Yes badge in Leinster House.Mr Norris was asked by the Superintendent of the House to take the emblem o(...)

Poster of the Week: a hand-made black-and-white creation up on a pole on the main street in Naas, in the heart of Kildare horsey country.

All is fair when love is war, it seems.And it certainly applies when it comes to marriage equality referendum posters. Two in particular are causing a(...)

Senator David Norris ‘pettifogging regulation’ should be corrected for the few people it affected. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator David Norris has called for an anomaly in pensions legislation, which prevents gay public servants allocating their entitlement(...)

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(...)