Independent Senator Katherine Zappone: Confessed herself “emotional from the top all the way down to my toes”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former nun Ann Louise Gilligan accepted an impromptu wedding proposal from her partner Senator Katherine Zappone after she popped the question during (...)

The mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin on the side of a building on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to legal(...)

Séamus Carey and Regina Bushell from Westmeath, canvassing for Yes Equality,   speaking to  Jennifer O’Meara  from Athlone. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 8:27

By coincidence, just as the same-sex marriage referendum campaign was getting under way, a remarkable podcast appeared on This American Life, a cel(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone has said she is ‘worried’ about the outcome of the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A prominent campaigner for a Yes vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum has said she is “worried” about the outcome of the vote.Indepen(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen said voters should not be manipulated by the Government’s framing of the issue. “Marriage equality’ is designed to emotionally push the voter in a particular direction… If you’re in favour of equality and all that stuff, you’ll vote Yes. If you’re a bigoted type, you’ll vote No… that’s not acceptable.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

An event held at UCD entitled Redefining Marriage: the Human Rights Case for Voting No, organised by a faculty group to “present the case against the (...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone will raise changes to the One-Parent Family Payment in the Seanad.    File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Changes to the One-Parent Family Payment (OPFP) are to be raised in the Seanad on Wednesday by Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone said (...)

Independent Katherine Zappone said the fundamental issue at stake was “about the protection of a minority’s right to marry by opening a civil institution, to be protected and be able to become a constitutional family”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Legislation to allow for a referendum on same sex marriage has been passed in the Seanad with a standing ovation by many of those supporting the Bill.(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone: said the three-day rule regarding part-time work simply did not correspond to the reality of people’s lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The three-day rule covering availability for work with regard to the Jobseeker’s Allowance was criticised in the Seanad by Independent Katherine Zapp(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

Transgender woman Dr Lydia Foy, who led the legal challenges on gender recognition in Ireland, has welcomed the Bill, but has said it includes ‘unnecessary obstacles’. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Leading human rights lawyers have described the Government’s gender recognition Bill as “flawed” and “very disappointing” and have urged that it be br(...)