Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On a Friday morning in April 1983, David Norris, then a 38-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, took his place in the public gallery of the Su(...)

A woman wearing a burqa walks past the Palace of Justice in The Hague. The Dutch cabinet on Friday approved a partial ban on wearing face-covering. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

The Dutch government on Friday agreed to introduce a partial ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, the home affairs ministry said(...)

In Ireland, a traditionally Roman Catholic country that has long been known for a seeming conservative streak, the lack of a strong backlash during the referendum campaign has been notable, even as opponents of the measure have mobilised.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was(...)

A man walks past graffiti, referring to the Boston College project, on a wall off the Falls Road, Belfast. Photograph: Reuters

A former loyalist prisoner battling to stop police accessing his interviews with an American university project has been given two weeks to secure a f(...)

A man walks past graffiti on a wall off the Falls Road, Belfast, in 2014. photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Supreme Court judges in London have refused to hear an appeal by a former loyalist prisoner seeking to stop police accessing interviews he gave to an (...)

Desmond Boal, Ulster Unionist MP,  arriving in January 1969 at the Northern Ireland Parliament at Stormont. Photograph: Copyright  Victor Patterson

Much has been written recently of Desmond Boal, the former unionist politician, but perhaps a little more can be said of the complexity of this fascin(...)

‘Then there’s our own Belfast Agreement, into which the Human Rights Act is woven. The latter’s repudiation would breach international treaty obligations, specifically in relation to the British-Irish Agreement that underpins the agreement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is a surprising, albeit deliberate, common feature of the Tories’ plans for UK disengagement from both the EU and the European Court of Human Right(...)

House of Lords: May not just be a place of ceremony over the next five years. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

Members of the House of Commons, led by prime minister David Cameron, will trail into the more resplendent surroundings of the House of Lords later th(...)

Theresa Villiers (top, with Lady Tina Stowell,  leader of  House of Lords)  the Northern Ireland secretary  at 10 Downing Street: David Cameron previously pledged to scrap the UK’s Human Rights Act and his majority makes it easier for him to do so. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The Government has serious concerns that London could breach the terms of the Belfast Agreement if prime minister David Cameron carries through on a p(...)

Colin Duffy was one of three people to complain to the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

European judges have rejected a claim from a prominent Northern Ireland republican that his detention under UK terror laws breached his human rights.C(...)