US vice-president Joe Biden said that more than 1.2 million Irish voters “took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US vice-president Joe Biden has described Ireland as “a nation where the people resoundingly stand for equal rights” after the Irish people voted by a(...)

Ryanair has launched three unsuccessful bids to take over its smaller rival during the last nine years.   Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The Government’s pledge to back IAG’s €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus shifts the spotlight to the airline’s biggest shareholder, Ryanair, which owns (...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert embraces a woman at Jerusalem District Court on Monday. Mr Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter. Photograph: Heidi Levine/via AP

A Jerusalem court has sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison after he was found guilty of accepting cash from an Ameri(...)

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(...)

In the courtyard at Dublin Castle, the Central Results Centre, during the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland has lit a beacon bright enough to be seen around the world while it is also begun a conversation at home which will continue, a leading campai(...)

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Tributes and expressions of pride continued to come from political figures in the United States on Saturday in response to Ireland’s unprecedented pop(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny appeared far more enthused by the same sex marriage referendum than the vote in the age of presidential eligibility. Photograph: Reuters 2:14

The proposal to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates was always going to be the orphan referendum as the nation focused on the more intr(...)

Tally counter Rhonda Donaghy  at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The capital has voted resoundingly in favour of same-sex marriage, with all constituency results declared. Most constituencies in the city area had a (...)

The sudden closure of the store on Thursday night in the midst of an access dispute with Paul McCann and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton, the AIB-appointed receivers to the centre, leaves 100 staff in limbo. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision by Dunnes Stores to shutter its store in Gorey Shopping Centre is typical of the brinkmanship that is a hallmark tactic of the country’s (...)

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(...)