Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:18

Work will begin this week to give effect to the referendum decision to amend the Constitution with the first same-sex marriages likely to take place a(...)

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(...)

Monnine Griffith (L) and Clodagh Robinson celebrate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA 1:16

Preparations will begin within days to pass a law to give effect to the Constitutional amendment and allow same-sex couples to marry for the first tim(...)

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney at launch of the annual report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman yesterday. Mr Feeney said that journalists risked becoming irrelevant by failing to maintain standards of accuracy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Journalists risk becoming increasingly irrelevant and losing readers’ trust by failing to maintain standards of fairness and accuracy, the Press Ombu(...)

If the proposal is passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman 2:22

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic explains the legal implications of the proposed amendment (...)

Former minister Alan Shatter, who lost his High Court challenge aimed at quashing parts of the Guerin report. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Alan Shatter’s claims about the Guerin report have taken a comprehensive bashing by the High Court. In his excoriating 71-page judgment, Mr Justice Se(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act, which overhauls the law on adoption and donor-assisted re(...)

Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist, after leaving Laganside Courts after a judge ruled in his favour and against the Christian-run bakery Ashers. Photograph: Getty Images

The battleground – a cake topped with iced replicas of Bert and Ernie – makes it a case ripe for ridicule and bad puns, but the challenge against a Be(...)

A Rohingya migrant child poses for an identification picture at a temporary shelter  in Kuala Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Three hundred refugees due to come to Ireland under a new EU scheme will be given integration courses in Dublin before being resettled elsewhere in t(...)

The possible implications for the Belfast Agreement of a Tory move to repeal the Human Rights Act have set off alarms in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of the UK repealing its Human Rights Act hasn’t come out of the blue. It’s a pledge that appeared not once but three times in the Conserv(...)