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(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone:  said it  was regrettable it had taken successive Irish governments more than 20 years to legislate for gender recognition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The formal recognition of the identity of transgender people was a mark of the growing maturity of Irish society, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Sean(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone (centre) with members, supporters and campaigners for the transgender community (from left) Barbra Fay, Sara Phillips, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Lydia Foy, Sam and Deirdre Blanckensee and Victoria Mullen at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transgender rights campaigners have called for amendments to be made to the Gender Recognition Bill as the legislation starts being debated in the Sea(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on his announcement – and left to get on with his job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s decision to disclose that he is gay is an important personal choice for him but it is also a political moment, as n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Leo Varadkar is nothing if not frank. “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know, but isn’t somethi(...)