“Like it or not, making space for women in politics means unseating men,” former Progressive Democrats minister of state for foreign affairs Liz O’Donnell has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:38

Former Progressive Democrats minister of state for foreign affairs Liz O’Donnell has said making space for women in politics will mean “unseating” mal(...)

Orla O’Connor, Susan O’Keeffe, Mary O’Rourke and Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of the new report yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson 2:23

Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a m(...)

Matthew Elderfield: called for invasive scrutiny and effective sanctions. Photograph: David Sleator

A very important document was published earlier this month by the reform unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Entitled “Strengthen(...)

Jonathan Powell: A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests in Belfast, a former chie(...)