Former government minister Pat Carey described the gay marriage referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on marriage equality. The referendum on whether to allow marriage bet(...)

A screengrab of Gerard McKerr, one of The Hooded Men, from the RTÉ Investigations Unit documentary The Torture Files.

A prisoner detained without trial who was allegedly tortured by British soldiers during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has died aged 71.Gerard McKer(...)

‘We cannot place the burden of reporting the threat to others posed by a suspected rapist solely upon his victims.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago I made a Garda statement detailing how I was raped and abused by Fr Seán Fortune, a Roman Catholic priest, from when I was 14 years o(...)

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wikimedia and other rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the agency challenging one of its mass surveillance programmes. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is being sued by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programmes, that they alleg(...)

A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

The Jailbreak 2015 challenge has been won by two mechanical engineering students from Trinity College Dublin - Hugh Wedlon and Ahmad Mu’azzam. They r(...)

 A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

Some 88 teams from eight different Irish universities are currently in the process of trying to get to a mystery location in the Balkans as part of th(...)

We’re chaperoning Honor on her first actual date. For South Dublin parents, it’s one of those landmork days in your daughter’s life, like her first visit to the orthodontist, or the first time she arrives home from studying in a friend’s house with the faint smell of spirits off her breath.

It’s a very exciting day for me and Sorcha. We’re chaperoning Honor on her first actual date. For South Dublin parents, it’s one of those landmork day(...)

In a highly publicised case in 2011, Ameneh Bahrami (above), a victim of acid attack, received international praise after pardoning her attacker hours before surgeons prepared to blind the man with acid. Ms Bahrami was disfigured and blinded in both eyes because she had repeatedly spurned her attacker’s offer of marriage. File photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

In a literal application of the sharia law of an eye for an eye, an Iranian man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack has himself been b(...)

Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like an oversized hatchling, the European Games will, this summer, heave its competitors aside for elbow room. After that it will start to grow. That(...)

Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International has said. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday when publi(...)