The only true successor to Joan Rivers has a great  four-part series on Netflix

This week we’re liking ’Chelsea Does’ but we’ve had enough of neon running shoes

 Viceland’s  Creative Director Spike Jonze with Balls Deep host Thomas Morton. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Media empire Vice’s unstoppable youth-culture charge continues as it sets its sights on the 24-hour TV market

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

It is incredible how no party has capitalised on young people's political involvement in referendum

Trinity College will  explore the possibility of consent modules for the wider student body. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A solid framework of education on consent and sex makes things a lot less blurry

Creative hub: Laura Dovn and Grace McEvoy of Block T in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Centre housing more than 70 studios must look for a new Dublin home

High maintenance doughnuts

Forget ‘The Revenant’ and fancy doughnuts, and focus on sorting out your festival schedule

Jackie Chan takes on the IRA in his latest film. Here’s how we see it playing out

 David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles this month. The two are reprising their X-Files characters Mulder and Scully with a six-episode revival on RTÉ. Photograph: (Brinson+Banks/The New York Times

The 1990s show - which returns to TV this week - was often dismissed as fodder for teenagers and conspiracy theorists, but its leg(...)

‘Criminalising drug use doesn’t work’.

The highest level in Europe of so-called ‘legal high’ drug use was found among young Irish people

Head in hands stuff as Palin re-emerges to “stump for Trump”. Photograph: AP Photo

We're a bit cold and miserable, it's January alright?

Protesters gather in front of Cologne Cathedral on January 9th to protest against the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

We are all shamed when one of our own does something terrible in another country

While awards season can be unpredictable, there are certain things you can also be damn sure will go down on the night of the Acad(...)

David Bowie albums in the window of Sister Ray Records in Soho, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Artist went from androgyny to outer space, before becoming elder statesman of British music

 A women lays flowers at a mural of British singer David Bowie in Brixton, birth place of the late David Bowie in London, on Monday. Well-wishers have flocked to the  mural to pay their respects following the announcement of his death. Photograph: EPA

His music was an portal escape, a sense that with a lightening flash we could be heroes

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

While international outfits benefit from our crew and acting talent, homegrown TV drama has yet to translate to an internation(...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education, disability access, direct provision and women’s rights will likely be on the agenda in 2016

As Jigga plots the all-pop-conquering future of Harry Styles, here are some other dynamic duos

The events that will have the least impact are the ones that people view as the most controversial or divisive, the ones that politicians negotiate over in terms of properness and suitability. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Rising reminds us of greatness; a time when political leaders had big ideas

How many likes would a status from the afterlife get? Probably more than your eggs benedict. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Our obsession with maintaining an online presence is now creeping into the afterlife

Students crossing the cobblestones in Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Free’ fees already cost €3,247, yet there are plans to burden young people further

The street art that emerged around the marriage referendum coloured not just walls and doorways but also conversations

Una Mullally: After a terrible diagnosis back in March, I’ve been given the best Christmas present ever. The cancer is gone. Photograph: Getty Images

In the last nine months, there have been moments that I never want to relive

Enda Kenny’s pussyfooting has reached such a level of deftness that if he’s not taoiseach in the next government, he’s a sure thing for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Offensive language of anti-choice tells women we do not know our own bodies

“Irish male politicians, in that typical Irish fashion, seem to be okay with quotas unless they personally get caught in the crossfire: gender equality nimbyism.”

In the hypothetical ‘How To Get Elected To Office In Ireland’, the ‘merit’ chapter is pretty small

Blistering feminist energy: Reykjavíkurdætur. Photograph:  Sigurður Ástgeirsson

Gender balance, a sophisticated vibe and great acts mark this festival out

One of the bill boards that Airbnb had to apologise for and remove.

“Tax is a problem the past concerned itself with. This is the brave new world, and we do things differently here. Look, there’s a (...)

Graham and Helen Linehan: “Ireland turns its back on women in a time of need.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Helen Linehan had an abortion because of a fatal foetal abnormality. Now she and her husband, the ‘Father Ted’ creator Graham Line(...)

Not-In-My-Back-Yard: The scene at Rockville Drive, off Glanamuck Road, Carrickmines at the site of the proposed emergency halting site. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Carrickmines blockade did not take place in a vacuum, but in our discriminating society

Panti: the pronounced, vivacious, magnetic creation of Rory O’Neill, who is reserved, slightly stand-offish, shy. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Panti, Rory O’Neill’s drag queen, is the subject of a new film. Her persona and what she represents are the result of decades of c(...)

 One Direction fans  outside the 3Arena in Dublin ahead of Friday night’s gig: from left, Laura Twohig, Niamh O’Leary, Leighan Morey and Tanya O’Mahony, all from Cork. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1D begins a weekend of gigs at the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday night - all sold out of course

To the limit: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in The Program

Foster’s blood-doping preparations place him among a pantheon of actors who go that extra mile of crazy for their art

Marks & Spencer has launched #ShowYourStrap, a social media campaign that encourages women to take and post a selfie with their bra strap showing

‘The sexualisation of breast cancer awareness has been almost inevitable. I don’t have breast cancer, but if I did I’m not sure ho(...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aisling Law, a great-granddaughter of the rebel, feminist and social activist, is opening her doors to the public for the Muse of (...)

“Porndog  encapsulates many food and restaurant trends in Dublin that need to just go to their bedroom and think about what they’ve done.”

Dismantling of generic Irish restaurant menu is to be welcomed

Maeve Higgins

‘My career is different to my male peers. I was always told that I was ‘niche’

David Bowie, 1973 final show of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Photograph: Chris Walter/WireImage

Is there life on Mars? wailed Bowie, slightly prophetically. And is wasn't the last time a song predicted the future

“The hottest start up at the web summit was the web summit itself”

It fed into a loose narrative that Dublin was legit in the tech world

‘It’s become difficult to talk frankly about emigration without offending.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland now has 205,150 fewer twenty-somethings than six years ago

‘We should not be afraid of our thoughts on abortion, nor our reservations.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘In between the time you woke up this morning and go to bed tonight, a dozen Irish women will have left this country to have an ab(...)

Justin Vivian Bond: doesn’t let conventional boundaries restrict her, in her art or in her life

Singer-songwriter, actor, writer, painter, drag queen . . . ‘V’ lets loose about her upcoming Fringe show, getting creative at the(...)

Martin Sharry: a study in intentional awkwardnes

An anti-stand-up show that could be very good indeed

What starts out as a small crowd in the Little Big Tent ends up as an appreciative throng

‘With its rotting fairytale castle, a duckpond featuring miniature boats full of refugees, a princess in a chariot crash being bombarded by paparazzi (above), and frowning staff, Dismaland is the latest in Banksy’s wry anti-establishment commentary battering his five favourite Cs: capitalism, conflict, conservatism, consumerism and celebrity.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Toby Melville

‘In Trolley Land, hundreds of HSE workers push pens around while bandaged mummies moan on their stretchers’

Pop music is popular, shocker

Ladies and gentlemen, our first 5 star review from Electric Picnic 2015

A set that is beefy, brilliant and unforgiving in its forcefulness

Even the most casual observer couldn’t help but realise why Grace Jones is an icon

Brian Eno: ‘What I mean by surrender is an active choice not to take control. An active choice to be part of the flow of something.’ Photograph:  Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

The two biggest things – love and death – happen to you no matter what you do

‘Mistress America’ director Noah Baumbach and actor Greta Gerwig, who plays entrepreneur Brooke in the film. Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

‘The permanent pensionable job has been gone for some time, but now most things resembling it have disappeared’

Social media is largely bookended by narcissism and outrage. Opinions fall like rockslides, pebbles pinging you with stupid, reactionary points of view. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The honeymoon period is over for social media platforms

On the tedium-o-meter, I’d put it after looking at pictures of other people’s children on Facebook

Actor Amy Schumer arriving at Belvedere College in Dublin for a Q&A with Judd Apatow, who directed her in the film Trainwreck. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Comic’s appearance with director Judd Apatow in Dublin the hottest ticket in town

‘The gender pay gap is one of the most blatant and consistent indicators of inequality between men and women.’  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

‘Maybe it’s not motherhood punishing women’s earning power, maybe it’s heterosexual motherhood’

Lost in the Black Forest: Dorret Conway (fourth from left) and fellow contestants on The Great British Bake Off. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

Review: The Late Review and The Great British Bake Off

‘We need to learn from this. We can’t keep building crap.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Smaller Dublin apartments? We have really learned nothing

Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Review:‘Bright Sparks’, 'Liveline' and 'Pat Kenny Show'

Bolands Mills: being redeveloped by Nama to the tune of €150 million. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grand Canal Dock’s regeneration has made it shiny and new - but off-putting

‘Most journalism students I have met over the years aren’t particularly interested in the listicles or churnalism that typifies the low-paid long-hours culture of what the work has become for young journalists.’ Above, Eddie Holt. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘He took the painful Leaving Cert English essay style we had all arrived with and destroyed it’

What’s the deal with all the bloke-centric festival bookings?

‘Nothing is good about sleeping in a tent, or spending any time whatsoever in a tent.’ Glastonbury 2014. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

‘I’m staring at November on the calendar, when I might get to the Airwaves festival in Reykjavik (I hope the doctors aren’t readin(...)

Orange Is the New Black: Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria, Laverne Cox, Lori Petty, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Ruby Rose, Kate Mulgrew, Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco in the third season of the Netflix hit

Black, lesbian, transgender . . . The Netflix hit has been the ‘breath of fresh air we didn’t even know we needed’, according to i(...)

’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The internet is a democratic tool – if only political parties could learn to use it

Back in the day: The Corrs in 2000

The Corrs are set to release new material, with live dates lined up for September. Una Mullally can't wait

“This was the first time many young people had confronted the status quo, and they won. That won’t be forgotten.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘For the first time in people’s young lives, they saw the direct connection between their individual actions and changing the worl(...)

The Puffin Rock animated series

Series already shown on RTÉ Junior will now reach international audiences

‘There’s also a brilliant sense of lightness about her performance.’ Above, Patti Smith performing in Barcelona recently. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

It is remarkable that Horses, a record released 40 years ago, and its creator, can still summon such urgency

‘I almost felt myself sinking lower in my cinema seat, as the dystopian-bikini-clad model-actresses billowed in the wind.’ Above, Charlize Theron in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

Why are women continuously absent in Irish films?

Yes campaigners Una Mullally and Colm O’Gorman at Dublin Castle on Saturday for the results of the referendum on marriage equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘At Dublin Castle I couldn’t help but think of all of those who lived secret lives’

Sarah Francis and Una Mullally after voting  on  Pearse street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

This is also about people who never made it this far, the shoulders we are all standing on

At last, a trailer has emerged for the Steve Jobs film, stylised as steve jobs

A   new referendum mural by artist Joe Caslin, who also created the mural on St Gt George’s Street, has been installed on a 15th-century castle near Craughwell, Co Galway. Photograph:  David Sexton

Inspired by The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, mural shows two female figures in a tender pose

Political reporter, Ursula Halligan, who made her personal case for a Yes vote this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the 1803 Proclamation of Independence, Robert Emmet wrote: ‘Show to the world that the Irish are not only a brave, but also a g(...)

When it comes to sci-fi TV, Philip K Dick is your only man

‘It will be fascinating to observe the impact of the marriage referendum’s engagement of new voters on the next Dáil, which will probably lie somewhere between a butterfly effect and a Freakonomics anecdote.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The biggest impact might not even be on marriage equality, but on the wider Irish political horizon

‘Sarah held me as I walked out of the hospital in the midst of a panic attack. She stood there when I screamed at the sky in the carpark. She took notes when the surgeon explained that this was very serious and they needed to move straight away to see if it had spread to my liver and my lungs.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘I was just starting to focus when the doctor told me they found a tumour. They didn’t have the biopsies yet, but straight away kn(...)

Floral tributes at High Craigton Farm to Karen Buckley. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

‘Any time I write about violence against women, there’s a volley of abuse in the comments on The Irish Times website. Some people (...)

“Two of the most inspiring people I’ve come across recently come from the student movement. I would happily vote for Laura Harmon, USI president, (pictured) and Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity Students Union.”

Government generally avoids interacting with youth, viewing them with suspicion

She’s one of the most compelling singers to ever grab a microphone and glare down the barrel of an audience, but how much do we re(...)

Storm Large: ‘A lot of girls ask me how they can get to where I am. And they don’t like my answer.’ Photograph: Laura Domela

Storm Large is a full-on, larger-than-life performer, part rock’n’roll, part cabaret, who scares men and doesn’t care about taking(...)

RTÉ seems to be suggesting that anyone who has ever turned up on ‘Bosco’ or looked sideways at Biddy and Miley somehow has their personal opinions policed by the station.

Accusing RTÉ of bias is a national sport, but the term is being misused in this debate

Ben Bix (bass and vocals), Donnacha O’Malley (synth and vocals), Tadhg Byrne (violin), Micheál Quinn (drums) and Brian Dillon (synth/electronics) of Meltybrains? at the Pepper Canister church in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The members of Meltybrains? might be classically trained musicians, but their music is indefinable, their fans look like cult memb(...)

The popularity of head shops also coincided with a fall in cocaine use. The economy was slipping, and as Robin Williams once told us, “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money”. When the shops closed, the illegal drug trade picked up the slack. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nobody – aside from criminals – benefits from drug prohibition

Go big or go home: the Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors got Jean-Claude Van Damme to do the splits in its Volvo trucks ad

Featuring Tomi Ungerer, Forsman & Bodenfors, Snask, Niels Shoe Meulman, Veronica Ditting and Ian Anderson of the Designers Republi(...)

‘When the beating of Rodney King (above) was filmed and broadcast, it felt like an extraordinary event.’ Una Mullally  on how  filming acts of violence has become terrifyingly common.  Photograph: J Emilio Flores/The New York Times

What was once alarming is now seen as ‘content’ in our film-everything culture

In celebrations of Women’s Day, we asked Dublin band Bitch Falcon to compile their ultimate playlist of female songmakers

In honour of International Women's Day 2015, Una Mullally lists seven classic records that need to be given the full live treatmen(...)

The recent event ahead of Offset in the Twisted Pepper, Dublin

A recent event gave newcomers a chance to learn from some of the smartest women in the local creative industries

Taking flight: There is something sad about the prospect of Aer Lingus flying the nest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scratch the surface of many ‘Irish’ brands and you’ll find they’re owned by faceless multinationals

Anatomy of an advert: Mobile phone company Three had their Christmas advert filmed in the Artic circle

The advertising industry produces some cutting-edge art. Two of the creatives who’ll be at the Offset conference explain how their(...)

Adult Swim are at it again, this time with John C Reilly packing shopping bags

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.  ‘Syriza did what so many other leftist political groups have failed to do, and that’s form a coalition.’  Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

Watching Greece assert itself, regardless of the outcome, is encouraging

“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” said the pope last week. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis said couples who don’t have children are ‘selfish’ and part of ‘greedy’ generation

Behind the scenes: Kate Hudson prepares to go onstage at the Dolby Theatre in 2014. by Christopher Polk/Getty
Backstage at the Oscars

Do you really end up having a laugh with George Clooney? Or becoming best friends with Jennifer Lawrence in the ladies’ loos? Mark(...)

‘You can find dozens of articles and news pieces online examining the “phenomenon” of vocal fry, but my personal favourite is the ABC News headline, “The debilitating speaking disorder afflicting North American women”.’

Vocal fry is a creak that sometimes happens at the end of a sentence or a statement when you’re talking

‘I’ve been attacked in the capital a few times, mostly gay-bashing incidents’

‘If you confront violence in a successful way, chances are the perpetrators will think twice before they attack someone again’

 ‘What’s slightly tricky to understand about Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íosagáin, secondary schools on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, is that they are both linked and separate.’ Above, pupils arriving at Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘If parents are genuinely perturbed by the idea of anti-homophobic bullying initiatives, then perhaps they too would benefit from (...)

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