Turnout on the coast was low and slow up until tea time, with some estimates as low as 20 per cent, but a late flurry of activity  pushed it over 50 per cent in several stations. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Same sex marriage referendum votes have been cast on 12 offshore islands extending from Donegal to Galway on the Atlantic coast.Some 2,100 registered (...)

Journalist Bruce Arnold said as an “officer of the State” the former president had broken convention by taking part in the same-sex marriage debate and abandoned her duties. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:00

Former president Mary McAleese was wrong to call for families across Ireland to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to journalist (...)

Tradition is not always the best guide. Simply because a 35-year qualifying limit was adopted for presidential candidates in 1937 does not mean it sho(...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)

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Church, State and marriage

As debate on the marriage-equality referendum continues it is relevant to remember that, in one of the unreported conflicts in this area, Catholic pre(...)

Former Irish Times journalist and editor of The Irish Field Valentine Lamb, who has died at the age of 76. Photograph: Healy Racing Photo

Tributes have been paid to the late Valentine Lamb, former Irish Times journalist and editor of The Irish Field for 33 years, who has died at the age (...)

The life of Jack Harte, who has died aged 94, could be said to have typified much of not just Ireland’s, but Europe’s, experience in the twentieth cen(...)

Sheltered from the main part of Sandford Road by a fenced in coppice, the houses on Sandford Terrace, somewhat confusingly also known as Sandford R(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, hold their granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky after their daughter Chelsea Clinton gave birth in New York in September. Photograph: Jon Davidson/Reuters

#GrandmothersKnowBest . Yes they do, Hillary Clinton, yes they do. Clinton was using her sixth tweet of 2015 to get people to vaccinate their kids. (...)

Joy O’Farrell, who has died aged 86, was a women’s rights campaigner who was instrumental in getting equal pay for women in the public service. She al(...)