Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Yes vote for same-sex marriage would be an affirmation that all Irish citizens should be “free, equal and happy”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou (...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Constitutional status of marriage will remain unchanged if the same-sex marriage amendment is passed, the Referendum Commission has said. Launchin(...)

Mr Justice Kevin Cross. “A referendum is an occasion when a decision is made not by the government, the Houses of the Oireachtas or by the courts, but by the people who vote”

The Referendum Commission is using Facebook to urge people to check they are registered to vote in upcoming referendums . Voting on the same-sex marri(...)

Last November, the Government confirmed that a local division of the Unified Patent Court will be established in Ireland, which would allow businesses to resolve disputes around intellectual property rights (IPR) locally rather than in other EU member states. File photograph: Getty Images

The establishment of a new court described as crucial to securing the future of the so-called “knowledge economy” will require a referendum to amend t(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

According to the Government, the citizens of this country will be asked to vote next year on our Constitution and society’s definition of marriage.(...)

It’s amazing how much people lie to pollsters, not only about what they might do but even about what they have just done. This week, having sat on it (...)

Here are your 11 ballot papers...Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

When you want to discover what a Government isn’t going to do, just read through its programme for government. Such documents are proof of the human (...)