Yes voters celebrate at the central count centre at Dublin Castle on Saturday. The young could easily identify with the cause. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A beautifully shot video from Christmas 2012, of a 20-something Dubliner wandering the streets of the city and debating whether to stay in Ireland, of(...)

One online campaign during the Same-sex Marriage Referendum in Ireland build-up was the #hometovote phenomenon, which had huge purchase with emigrants. In its own way, this imaginative innovation was the perfect illustration of the way in which the Yes campaign had captured public imagination and popular support. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This has been the moment where the social media phenomenon has come into its own in an Irish electoral contest. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, W(...)

Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media has played a significant role in shaping the debate and mobilising voters in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to preliminary (...)

James Watson beside the sculpture The Double Helix by Brian King, at Trinity College Dublin, in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

The geneticist James Watson is one of the best-known scientists of the modern era. Why is it that his name will probably be one of the few to be kn(...)

Prince Charles on the Burren shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (right) during his visit to the locality. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 24 hours after the historic handshake and private meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Britain’s Prince Charles is due to visit Mullaghmore(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)

Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to create a Metropolitan Cork with a population of around 250,000

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to cr(...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)

A source confirmed that “strengthened measures” for industrial relations were being discussed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is considering tabling proposals aimed at avoiding strikes and industrial disputes across the public service in exchange for pay restor(...)