March for Marriage, organised by LGBT NOISE took place in Dublin today, beginning at City Hall and finishing at the Dept. of Justice, St. Stephen’s Green. Pictured are sisters Fabiana and Giustina Mizzoni, from Stillorgan and Donnybrook respectively. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Thousands of people marched to the Department of Justice in Dublin this afternoon, in favour of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian people in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The Government, across all departments, takes the disability sector very seriously indeed.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said small charities for people with disabilities who had lost funding could avail of a formal process of appeal. “The(...)

Swap at the top: Cavan-Monaghan Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys has preplaced Jimmy Deenihan as Minister for Arts. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s been a momentous few weeks for the arts. The Arts Council published its review of the Abbey Theatre by the consultants Bonnar Keenlyside. The (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said  about 26 disability and caring-focused organisations across the country had lost funding under the scheme for community and voluntary organisations.Photograph: Getty

Small charities for people with disabilities who have lost funding can avail of a formal process of appeal, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. “The Govern(...)

Irish Times writer Fintan O’Toole was yesterday conferred as a doctor of literature at Queen’s University in Belfast. He was awarded a DLit for servic(...)

‘You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,’ author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Festival this afternoon. File. Photograph: Jeremy Suttton-Hibbert/Getty Images

“You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,” author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Fes(...)

Feeling the pinch: Macnas performers Maighread Ní Chonaigh and Hillary Kavanagh in 2002. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Couples conversing in four parked vehicles in Neil LaBute’s Autobahn. Diarmuid de Faoite interacting with wheelie bins in Colm Corless’s The Fairgreen(...)

Kilkenny life: Hubert Butler and Maiden Hall, his family home, in Co Kilkenny. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh and Suzanna Crampton

If the Lilliput Press had achieved nothing else for Irish intellectual life than introduce and celebrate Hubert Butler’s essays (and it has done much (...)

Jake Fallon (10), Brooke Murray (5) and Michael Murray (6) all from the Iveagh Trust Buildings at Kevin Street in Dublin to help promote a “Yes” vote in the children’s referendum in 2012.  Photograph: Frank Miller

It would be lovely if we could say that the decade since the establishment of the office of the Ombudsman for Children has been one of steady p(...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)