In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone organised the ‘Fempower’ conference. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Working-class women, women with disabilities and women from the Traveller community are being excluded from feminist discourse, a conference on femini(...)

National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor: Breakthrough Manifesto for Women “going really well”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One hundred candidates for this year’s general election have now signed up to the The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) Breakthrough Manifest(...)

 Orla O’Connor, Tara Flynn, Laura Hardiman and Louise O’ Neill at the National Women’s Council’s FemFest     conference in Croke Park:  The council’s breakthrough manifesto highlights 10 key areas it says will change the outlook for women in Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The forthcoming general election has the potential to be a breakthrough election for women in Ireland, the director of the National Women’s Council, (...)

“We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The kiss Senator Katherine Zappone shared with her partner Ann-Louise Gilligan after proposing live on television the day of the same-sex marriage ref(...)

Although this book has many moving moments, it is not filled with flourish or colour. It is as considered and careful, in its tone, as the campaign was, and all the more useful for that.

Gay people in Ireland over the past half-century have been lucky with their leaders, and indeed supporters. While figures such as David Norris, Kat(...)

File photograph of Independent Senator David Norris. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum. “It would(...)

Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

The new Social Democrats party listed their values as: progress; equality; democracy and sustainability. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who launched the Social Democrats party said they would insist on the abolition of water charges if negotiating to(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A month after the Yes vote was carried in the same-sex marriage referendum, Senator Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan talked to Róisí(...)