Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the North-South Ministerial Council press conference at Dublin Castle on Friday with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Before Cabinet this week, as Minister for Finance Michael Noonan prepared to announce a commission of investigation into the Irish Bank Resolution Cor(...)

Former Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Mr Gilmore issued a statement this eveni(...)

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

The decision was finally made to sell off some of the family silver in the Dáil yesterday. It was removed from the State’s sideboard amid bitter excha(...)

On Tuesday evening Cardinal Piestro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called the referendum result a “defeat for humanity”.Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano/Handout

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Ireland is keen to “maintain an ongoing dialogue” with the Holy See, notwithstanding the outspokenly negative c(...)

Members of Get the Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returning from London to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum last Friday, as they arrived at the Stena ferry terminal in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:11

Last weekend at Dublin Castle, thousands gathered to mark a watershed moment in Irish history. As the country delivered a resounding Yes to marriage(...)

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  made this issue a crusade, and the Labour Party may regain some of its supporters as a result of being the most visible party during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:20

The factors that contributed to victory for the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum are difficult to transfer into conventional politics. The(...)

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 (...)

Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On a Friday morning in April 1983, David Norris, then a 38-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, took his place in the public gallery of the Su(...)