John Waters: says the same-sex marriage amendment would dilute concepts of a special procreative link between parents and children. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Won’t somebody please think of the children? As the marriage-equality referendum draws closer the anguished refrain of Helen Lovejoy, the minister’(...)

George Hook: scattergun opinions on a variety of hot topics

For all that the right to freedom of speech is being defended in the current climate, even the staunchest upholders of the principle may have found(...)

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the day after Halloween, but the horrors are just beginning for Government Ministers seeking to rally public support for Irish Water. Such is (...)

  Duncan Stewart on Newstalk: ‘Give me 10 minutes or I’m not staying in this studio’

It is an unprecedented visit, the momentousness of which is reflected in the logistics of the occasion. From the moment Cathal Mac Coille intro(...)

Environmental campaigner and possible European parliament candidate Duncan Stewart has expressed disappointment in himself for his performance on radio yesterday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Domhnaill / The Irish Times

Environmental campaigner and possible European Parliament candidate Duncan Stewart has expressed disappointment in himself for his performance (...)

Duncan Stewart (middle of photograph) pictured at a Youth Eco-Forum in 2009. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The broadcaster and environmentalist Duncan Stewart threatened to walk out of a radio interview this morning, while simultaneously demanding to(...)

 Pat Rabbitte: ‘I would strongly counsel, don’t draw any naive conclusions about anything in this particular regard’

Sources close to the ears of the former Garda commissioner must have been sweating profusely yesterday morning. Why? Because it’s highly(...)

News At One’s anchor Áine Lawlor has to deal with dropped connections, dead air and discombobulated contributors Frantic activity: on the News at One, Áine Lawlor has to deal with dropped connections, dead air and discombobulated contributors

As one might expect when a potentially seismic political crisis breaks, an atmosphere of chaos and confusion prevails, as beleaguered public fi(...)

Broadcaster and magazine publisher Norah Casey is to step down from her role co-presenting Newstalk Breakfast for personal reasons.

Broadcaster and magazine publisher Norah Casey is to step down from her role co-presenting Newstalk Breakfast for personal reasons. Ms Casey’s last sh(...)

Rugby pundit and broadcaster George Hook, who has had gout for 15 years, says it’s a pain like no other. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

In my experience, all non-gout sufferers think the condition is a great joke and make wisecracks about the amount of red wine you drink and the(...)