‘The world doesn’t seem to understand that there really are people who are content to live alone.’ Ann Widdecombe in Belfast last week. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At 8am in a Belfast hotel, Ann Widdecombe, who the night before was participating in the Belfast Book Festival, is already looking bright and breez(...)

A changing landscape

QUINNSWORTH: The supermarket chain’s founder Pat Quinn became a recognisable face across Ireland when he appeared in countless television ads weari(...)

Women on the platfrom of Connolly Station, Dublin, in 1971, prior to boarding the Belfast train to travel to buy contraceptives, which were illegal in the Republic at the time. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 1913, 100 years ago, Irish feminists were poised between two momentous events: the passage of the Third Home Rule Bill through the UK parlia(...)

Half way to Ballybunion we break the journey at the home of my friend’s parents. A coffee maker, the kind that gurgles and splutters for an age(...)

A file image of broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, who was presented with the inaugural Mary Cummins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hell was mentioned twice this last weekend in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where the inaugural Women in Media event was held. It was first evoked by Sinn(...)

 Maeve Binchy, who will be honoured at the  inaugural Women in Media festival
Women in Media

Move over Listowel Writers’ Week. There’s competition in the Kingdom when it comes to discussing words and the people who write them. Ballybuni(...)

Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, UCD lecturer in applied social science, at the launch of Barnardos and HSE research on “separated” asylum-seeking children in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish people will “look back in horror” at how unaccompanied minors who came to Ireland seeking help and safety were treated, a conference in D(...)