Patrick O’Donoghue in the RTÉ series The Gleneagle. Photograph: RTÉ

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Rick famously complains: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” And of all t(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

‘I cried at the moment each of my three children was born. It took me completely by surprise when it happened the first time.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Boys don’t cry, the saying goes, but it is no harder for a man or a boy to cry than a woman or a girl. It is however, harder to admit to it or to b(...)

Gail O’Rorke who was found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs  to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A woman found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs today to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Gail O’Rorke will be joined by (...)

The crowd in the courtyard of Dublin Castle  react as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:35

So here was that appalling vista blossoming before us. And you know what? The view was wonderful. In the end, two-thirds of Irish voters found (...)

Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

We cannot know whether the jury in Gail O’Rorke’s trial acquitted her on charges of assisting another to end her life because the case against her was(...)

Independent TD  John Halligan: ‘You have a right to dignity in life and you have a right to a dignified death.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Independent TD is to introduce a Bill removing any criminal sanctions against a family member or doctor who assists a suicide. Waterford TD (...)

Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming unsuccessfully challenged the law banning assisted suicide in the Supreme Court in 2013, said Gail O’Rorke should never have had to come before the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gail O’Rorke said she was over the moon after being acquitted of assisting in the suicide of her late friend Bernadette Forde. In a written statement(...)