Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

Vona Groake

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)

Gunmen flee the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in this still image taken Jordi Mir’s video shot on January 7th, 2015.

The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer’s cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, saying he never (...)

Dr Pamela Byrne has been appointed chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and will take up office in March 2015. Photograph: FSAI

Dr Pamela Byrne has today been announced as the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) new chief executive.Dr Byrne takes over the role from Prof A(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: “Familiesnow have different expectations.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fathers should have the right to two weeks of paid leave following the birth of their child, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. (...)

The Irish team which is competing in the World University Championships in France this weekend.

Ireland compete at the World University Championships in Gravelines in France this weekend with a reasonable prospect of at least one medal. The ligh(...)

The WHO has recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigarettes as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A group of tobacco experts has criticised a World Health Organisation (WHO) report calling for more regulation on e-cigarettes, saying the evaluation (...)

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’ and it takes place in Ballaghader(...)

Back in the day I was at the annual general meeting of a small left-wing organisation when angry voices were heard at the door. The angry voices belon(...)

Irish citizens are advised to avoid non-essential travel to Egypt

EGYPT A NO-GO Following three deadly bomb blasts in Egypt in the space of a week, the Department of Foreign Affairs has advised Irish citizens to(...)