‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

John Waters at a First Families First press conference in Dublin, May 19th, 2015. He  said the ruling of discrimination in the Ashers Bakery case was “indicative” of where society is headed.  “Will a Muslim baker have to accept an order for a cake with a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad; will a Jewish baker have to accept an order for a cake from a neo-Nazi group with a Swastika on it? Where will it end?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The First Families First group advocating a No vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum has said nobody has challenged their concerns o(...)

 Kathy Sinnott, John Waters and Gerry Fahey at the First Family First launch. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A group calling for a no vote in the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum has said the proposed amendment would be “an act of vandalism” agains(...)

This case will set a precedent for what should be done when there is a breach of the McKenna Principles, as determined by the Supreme Court, governing the conduct of referendum campaigns.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a re-running of the 2012 Children’s Referendum after finding a Dublin woman had failed to(...)

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Campaign groups are coalescing, raising funds and selecting their headquarters. Political parties are crunching the numbers. On both sides, internal d(...)

It seems like a relatively straightforward and innocuous project but, for a substantial proportion of people in Ireland, the idea of empowering children is highly subversive.

‘We all have the right to rest from work and relax and if we didn’t we would feel very tired in the evening and in the night. If someone didn’t hav(...)

While Fine Gael’s Simon Harris  in Wicklow came in late,  he is an energetic campaigner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

South is a behemoth of a constituency and another illustration of the ridiculous nature of Ireland’s European electoral areas. It takes in 10 counties(...)

Mary Doherty with her son Aaron: parents are battling an inflexible system.Photograph:  Alan Betson

When the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn proposed a 10 per cent cut in resource teaching hours for pupils with special needs last year, the rea(...)

Female members of the Oireachtais calling for a Yes vote in the Children’s Referendum in October last year. The Supreme Court found the Government acted unlawfully in spending ¤1.1 million of public monies on a one-sided information campaign on the referendum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A High Court judge has ruled that Dublin homemaker Joanna Jordan has failed to make out a case to justify an order overturning the Yes result on the C(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has criticised sectors of the Catholic press in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised sectors of the Catholic press in Ireland, accusing them of displaying a “growing tend(...)