The president has the discretion to refuse to dissolve the Dáil where the taoiseach has ceased to retain the support of a majority. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Being president of Ireland is an unusual job. Candidates need to be political animals – it would be rather difficult to be elected to the office other(...)

Voting taking place on the issue of same-sex marriage at the Convention on the Constitution last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

What a wonderful opportunity Family Day is this Sunday to celebrate the diversity of all families in Ireland and what a stark contrast this is (...)