Jonathan Irwin, Laura Harmon, Charlie Bird, Biddy White Lennon and Anne Rigney outside the National Library in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Here’s an unexpected traditional twist: if same-sex couples want to marry, they should rush out and become engaged.If they don’t – no matter how much (...)

Yes Equality comprises the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Marriage Equality and says it has local branches in most constituencies. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners for same-sex marriage plan to hold more than 40 events nationally where people can openly talk about why they are in favour – or against –(...)

Children gather firewood from the remains of buildings destroyed in Dublin in the Easter Rising of 1916. Broadcaster Joe Duffy is to publish a book on children killed during the fighting. File photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is to publish a book on the children killed during the Easter Rising. Duffy has been to the forefront in seeking to commemorate (...)

Sarah Fitzgibbon with her daughters, Poppy and Rosemary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Feelings of isolation and ongoing anxiety about the future affect Sarah Fitzgibbon, a mother-of-two whose younger child, eight-year-old Poppy, was dia(...)

Mairead Wall, Health and Safety Inspector, pictured leaving the Dublin District Court after giving evidence in a hearing involving Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin Zoo has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a two-year-old girl was mauled by a “chilled out” Brazilian tapir which(...)

Almost a month ago, dozens of backbench Fine Gael TDs vented their anger about the medical card issue on Minister for Health James Reilly at a meeting of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the banana skins that tripped the Government parties up in this month’s election, the medical card issue was perhaps the most unlikely. (...)

Mr Shatter’s pique

Pique and self-aggrandisement should not influence ethical behaviour. Alan Shatter ignored those considerations when, in a carefully stage-managed exe(...)

Health Minister Dr James Reilly TD in 2012 announcing that  St James Hospital Dublin would be the location for the new National Children’s Hospital Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A group of healthcare professionals led by hospital developer and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jimmy Sheehan has announced proposals to build the ne(...)

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Plenty of teens up and down the country are probably getting an Xbox One this Christmas (or even a 360 - they’re still pretty decent) but the chances (...)

If people refuse to support the CRC’s work it is children and adults with disabilities who will suffer. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

In the book Connected: the Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Nick Christakis and James Fowler trace the fascinatin(...)