Although this book has many moving moments, it is not filled with flourish or colour. It is as considered and careful, in its tone, as the campaign was, and all the more useful for that.

Gay people in Ireland over the past half-century have been lucky with their leaders, and indeed supporters. While figures such as David Norris, Kat(...)

File photograph of  Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty said a review group report which recommended the merger of Cork city and county councils was “fundamenta(...)

Alf Smiddy: Chairman of the review committee, who along with Tom Curran and John Lucey favour the council merger. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cork Chamber of Commerce has welcomed plans to merge the local city and county council insisting that it will be a “winning formula” which will facili(...)

Minister Alan Kelly said there is potential to achieve much more than a boundary extension or simple merger of two existing councils. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork is heading in to “virgin territory” with a new report recommending the creation of a unitary local government authority and a merger of the city (...)

Chairman of  review group Alf Smiddy:  report  ‘very comprehensive and thorough’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A review of local government structures in Cork, published today, recommends merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single local (...)

Many parents who became involved in the referendum understood the implications of homophobia on their children’s lives for the first time

The Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum, three months ago, brought with it a healing that was felt deeply in every county in Ireland. The hea(...)

Brian Hayes: “campaigns have their own dynamic”, with significant shifts taking place in the final week to 10 days

An election statement of common aims between Fine Gael and Labour on issues such as tax and health would only need to be unveiled a month from polling(...)

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(...)