“We know from the divorce and marriage equality campaigns that, in order to be passed, the effect of a referendum must be clearly spelt out in advance – people need to know what they are voting for.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

We need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This amendment, passed in 1983, has cast a blight over an entire generation – our generation, too young to hav(...)

Eimear Clarkin from Wexford pictured at a Repeal the 8th Ammendement rally in Dublin last month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Irish women’s tweets to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week about the details of their menstrual cycles have sparked a global media response to the campaig(...)

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(...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

Spook show: Stellan Skarsgård as a London copper who can’t get the dead out of his head in the BBC’s River

The opening sequence of River (BBC One, Tuesday) reels me in. A woman and a giant of a man are in a car; she’s eating junk food and singing along to T(...)

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find the best articles from previous summers. In this piece from August 1996, ‘Father Ted (...)

Small world: Seán Barrett, who plays Fr Fitzgerald, whose dreary drone over the PA system enables the priests to escape undetected from the lingerie department in Father Ted, also appears on the cover of How Soon Is Now?, the classic single by The Smiths

Me and Father Ted go way back. Okay, I wasn’t actually in seminary with the lads, but I was at the press launch for the very first series, in the I(...)

Niall Gaffney, Phillipa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connelly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’. Photograph: Allan Staley

It’s only the recent past, but television in Ireland was a different proposition in 2007. Netflix was something to which people in metropolitan Americ(...)

A view of the Famine sculpture in Dublin which marks the national disaster that was the Great Hunger. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Protesters are to picket the London headquarters of Channel 4 on Saturday in a demonstration against plans to create a sitcom based on the Irish potat(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)