Novelist Louise O’Neill pictured in Clonakilty, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Author Louise O’Neill on her new novel, getting used to fame and why living with her parents is a sanctuary

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Russian meddling allegations have added to the administration’s apocalyptic weirdness

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (l) carries a banner saying ‘Votes [for women]’

Black Panther and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington are hot; Tarantino and dad sneakers are not

Derry City. One of the things that makes Derry Girls such a triumph is that it takes you by surprise. Photograph: Getty Images

For streaming services and traditional platforms, word of mouth just doesn’t travel fast enough

Love comes in many guises. It can start at birth, or can be for people we’ve never met. As Valentine's Day approaches we look at l(...)

A cherry red Tesla Roadster automobile floats through space after it was carried there by SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. Photograph: SpaceX/Handout/Reuters

It’s hard to cheer Musk’s big, cool, rocket, without thinking about how this wealth and power is being consolidated in the hands o(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was murdered in the west Cork town of Schull in 1996. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is all too familiar with the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case, but Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde’s podcast puts a new perspe(...)

The spiral staircase at the Vatican. ‘The Vatican is undercutting all of those poor commentators who were hoping to gain some social currency in pretending to be marginalised.’

The bizarre row undercuts Catholic claims to victimhood and of a lack of free speech

Producer Adam Fogarty and rapper Karl Mangan, aka Mango & Mathman: “We know that this is going to be a big year. We want to do it right, we want to do it down to precision.”

‘Dubs say the maddest s**t’ – up-and-coming grime and rap duo Mango & MathMan use their working-class roots and Dublin slang as a (...)

The Dorchester Hotel in London, where the men-only Presidents Club charity dinner took place. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Teaching women how to avoid predatory behaviour fails to address the core issue

Sinéad Kissane: "People always say 'you must be looking forward to the Six Nations’, but I’m not getting too far ahead. I know the hard work that has to go into it"

As TV3 prepares to host the Six Nations for the first time, its new rugby correspondent is ready for the challenge

If Micheál Martin changed his mind on the issue of abortion – who else will?  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin’s support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment is already being described as a key moment in the campaign

'Shy but wild': Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Contemporaries remember the quiet school girl who became ‘Limerick's superstar’

Saoirse Ronan: one of only three women to be nominated for the best actress Ifta. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Ifta nominations reveal still too few women involved in Irish film and TV industry

Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC

Her Golden Globe speech encapsulated the direction a much broader resistance to Trump needs to take

It’s time to talk about how rent increases are decisions made by individuals, and to address the role of the landlord in exacerbating the rental crisis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As greed forces rents ever-upwards, the Government works off fictional sets of data

Sparkles is an elf from Elphin, Co Roscommon

Ten writers play a game of pass the baton to create a Christmas mystery about an elf from Elphin and a magic crystal

Undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defence Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It is a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (U.S. Department of Defence via The New York Times)

It makes sense then that aliens are back on the agenda, at a time of great existential turmoil with people searching for answers o(...)

A new report predicts that the housing crisis will be the news story of 2018. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Young people in Ireland have opportunity to emulate counterparts in Britain and US

For all the publicans who are banning  the 12 Pubs revellers, we salute you. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Yes to publicans banning the 12 Pubs revellers, but no to abstract Christmas trees

DJ Annie Mac and Other Voices founder Philip King

In conversation: DJ Annie Mac and Other Voices founder Philip King

Scuffles during an anti-abortion rally on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin in 1992. Photograph: Jack McManus

Media has a role to play in constructing a civilised, honest, open, fact-based, and respectful debate

'LGBTI+ young people’s demands are quite simple. They’re about inclusion and respect.'

Life is improving for queer young people, but the fear, shame and worry have not gone away

Norwegian singer Sigrid at Other Voices.

Hundreds of informal ties bind the festival together. So how do you make it bigger without snapping them?

Sigrid in St James’s Church for Other Voices

Dingle shindig improves even as it expands; highlights were Sigrid and Perfume Genius

Subset’s  image of Donald Trump  in  Andrew’s Lane, Dublin. His baseball cap reads  “Make Dublin grey again”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Street art moves quickly, local government in Ireland moves slowly

“We are told that technology and algorithms are somehow exempt from human flaws, are clinically unbiased and coldly fair. But that is not so.”

Unconscious prejudice pervades even the most conscientiously-constructed algorithms

George Clooney will return to television with a role in the new adaptation of Catch 22. Photograph: Getty

We’re glad to have George Clooney back on TV but sad to see Gerard Fleming go

A domino was tipped when Leo Varadkar said we have a relatively low rate of homelessness compared with our “peer countries”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is a mistake to try and minimise a problem that the public can see growing worse

Louis CK: at the centre of disgusting allegations. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/File Photo/Reuters

Plus: say hello to edible flowers; and boo to longwinded Twitter

Ellie Kisyombe direct provision activist and the co-founder of Our Table at a  United Against Racism rally and march last year calling for the end to the  Direct Provision System. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

We do not have to wait for a catastrophic story about an individual in direct provision. We know the system exists, and we know th(...)

Places such as the Kylemore on O’Connell Street meant something and felt of the city.

Isn’t it funny the things we can recall from so long ago? It’s because they mean something in their own odd ways

Beyonce and Donald Glover are enough to make us interested in the upcoming remake of ‘The Lion King’.

We’re wild for the light show in Dublin Zoo, but a bit worried about people in Longford

IBundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw take part in the Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There has been no similar discussion in Ireland regarding the upcoming debut of Irishman Ian McKinley for Italy’s rugby team

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in California last week. Photograph: Facebook

Tech giants operate with dichotomy of total control and hands-off attitude

Maria Doyle-Kennedy: Last meal on death row? I’d go straight to the liquor, skip the food

Two To Talk: Maria Doyle-Kennedy and Sinead Gleeson in conversation about writers, music, film and the meaning of life

Dublin street signs compare unfavourably to those in Paris, which often tell you who or what they are named after. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We must stop treating our cities as glorified car parks and focus more on quality streets

Maybe creepy guys thought silences would protect them forever. But the silence only existed in their orbits. Elsewhere, among women, there was noise. Women talk.  Illustration:  Dearbhla Kelly.

Women have moved from mutual alert codes to calling out abusers in the public realm

Philip Boucher-Hayes: ‘I didn’t suddenly become 10 times more interesting between the end of August and the beginning of September’

Broadcaster Philip Boucher-Hayes is one of several high-profile users targeted by Twitter bots

Quality tights: Fashion’s best friend for the coming months

Philip Pullman’s new book is getting raves – something to read on our Autumn travels

Leo Varadkar handed out coffees from a hip cafe while he was campaigning to be the next Taoiseach

The messaging the Taoiseach gravitates towards does not chime with the demographic his party will need to grow its base

 Act Up campaigners last year calling on the Government and others to address the HIV crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 25 years ago, homosexuality was decriminalised in dark days of HIV/Aids

The Rubberbandit and Amnesty Interntional Ireland director Colm O'Gorman in conversation

Kodaline’s new video for Ready to Change, directed by talented Irish man Stevie Russell

Yes to Kodaline’s new music video and E.T. on the big screen, but no to a sober October

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) with presenter Seán O’Rourke in studio for ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ on the morning after the budget. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Reparations should be part of the solution to the heavily gendered State pension scheme

Photograph: iStock

Una Mullally: Official policy found yet another way to financially penalise Irish women

With Harvey Weinstein gone, it’s time for Hollywood to confront its anti-woman culture

Philly McMahon’s book proves a good choice, while Seatwave sales continue to enrage

Harvey Weinstein (left) with Ben Affleck in 1999 at an event benefiting the American Foundation for AIDS Research at the Cannes Film Festival. Affleck said reading the rape allegations against Weinstein made him “sick”.  Neil Munns/PA Wire

Hearing famous men commit to the basic politeness of speaking out against women being assaulted is heartening

The most fundamental aspect of housing policy is asking how many houses we need. In order to figure that out we have to ask how many houses we have. That most fundamental of questions is being asked and answered incorrectly

Murphy’s main problem is the Government’s abdication from building social housing

It’s coming: Stranger Things 2 on Netflix

Yes to ‘Stranger Things 2’ and literary bars; no to ‘Hocus Pocus’ remake and cargo pants

Anti-abortion campaigners protest at the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

March for Choice represented the middle-ground that is not being addressed

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will star Michelle Yeoh,  Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones

Star Trek takes to the skies, but Michael O’Leary is brought to earth with a bump

Anti-abortion protesters Jennifer Christie, Laura Ní Chonghaile, Shauna Prewitt, and Rebecca Kiessling outside Leinster House this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Our politicians are once again in fear of a middle Ireland than exists primarily in their imaginations

They are the digital equivalent of the lads with placards on Shop Street pointing towards a golf sale.

Trafalgar Square on St Patrick’s Day this year. Photograph: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images

From attempting to force marriage equality on the DUP to giving London back to the Irish

The  piano which is available for all to play while waiting on the train that has been installed by Iarnrod Eireann & John Murphy in Pearse Street Train Station, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pianos and Polaroids are the biz, but new iPhone price is a swizz

A Waking The Feminists event  highlights the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme  in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Women in media have struggled for entire careers but real change is elusive

Sloane Stephens is a bright new tennis star

The Dublin Podcast Festival is on the up, while yolk porn is getting old

US feminist Kate Millett in 1973 at a poetry conference in London. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The late American feminist was committed to an Irish mental hospital and rescued by friends

US president Donald Trump: Even though his incompetence is so clear, the latest figures say 47% of white men approve of the job he is doing. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The environment for scapegoating immigrants, refugees and Muslims was reinforced this day 16 years ago

Hong Kong: worth a visit, and getting there just got easier

The return of LCD has us tapping our feet, while we’re running scared from pumpkin spice

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar in action with St Etienne’s Saidy Janko. Photograph:  Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Hyperinflation and excess have helped make the beautiful game seem trivial

Just Eat’s go at a Full Moon Party came off like a club theming itself in preparation for a Junior Cert disco night. Photograph: Conor McCabe

At least Casa Bacardi and Red Bull focus on the music at the Stradbally festival. As for the rest ...

The RTE Concert Orchestra giving the crowd what they want at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Double bill with Jenny Greene and DJ Mo K among biggest hits of EP2017 so far

The Haunt is settling in to Body & Soul

Move over cheese, we love The Haunt for its skeletal remains and creepy dolls

Vince Staples

Vince Staples commands a stunning presence

 Majella and Daniel O’Donnell: about to get their home turned on its axis

Dermot Bannon in Donegal has a lot to recommend it; millennial shaming not so much

Conor McGregor attends his after-fight party in Las Vegas after losing his moneyspinning fight with Floyd Mayweather after 10 rounds. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

McGregor may have lost to Mayweather, but he can hold his head high – and so can we

Louise Bruton: ‘We all have our dry spells. We all get heartbroken . . . all the emotional things, they’re all similar to everybody else.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Louise Bruton’s Dublin Fringe Festival show examines our ignorance and prejudices, andtakes a real look at disability, sex and rel(...)

Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins (left) and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas of TLC are on tour this year. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

We’re happy to see TLC back on the road, but Bond could have done with being shaken up

Bank of Ireland ad touched a nerve for thousands locked out of the housing market

Protesters and counter-protesters argue during a demonstration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Humorous responses risk undercutting the seriousness of the rise of white extremism

Gwyneth Paltrow: selling Goop. Photograph: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

What’s Hot, What’s Not: The new Central Bank is in, so-called clean eating is out

Petitioner X and his husband decided to remain anonymous for personal and professional reasons. “We didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves.”  Photograph: Getty Images

The couple whose same-sex marriage case failed in Belfast this week feel deeply frustrated

“Chauvinism and toxic masculinity are the calling cards of those who descended on Charlottesville.”  Photograph: Mykal McEldowney/Indianapolis Star via AP

It’s difficult not to see Charlottesville as a turning point – but we don’t know to where

Kayla Sauvao of Australia and Ireland’s Alison Miller at UCD during  a Women’s Rugby World Cup match that ended Ireland 19, Australia 17. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Reaction to Women’s Rugby World Cup shows ingrained attitudes yet to be tackled

Model turned singer Cara Delevingne’s new song  ‘I Feel Everything is beyond’ ropey. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Yes to USB ports coming to Dublin Bus, but no to Cara Delevingne’s new song

US B52 drop bombs over a Viet Cong controlled area in South Vietnam in 1965. America lost 60,000 military in Vietnam. Nearly two million Vietnamese civilians were killed. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US has been almost constantly at war since 1700 and threats to North Korea have to be seen in that context

Luas-related signal and electronic boxes at College Green, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Luas Cross City’s messiness proves our planners do not care about visual pollution

‘The solution to a lack of housing supply is the State building houses.’ File photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Several issues need to be tackled at once if we are to make progress on the situation

Old-school  wearable tech. Photograph Getty

Cocktail bars and private clubs are in, vaping codology is out

A history of Ireland in our favourite words: 22 – leprechaun. Their place in Irish folklore was solidified by the 1959 Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Little People

From leprechauns, langers and eejits to boycotts, donnybrooks and Tories

Protesters gather in front of the White House after President Trump announced transgender people may not serve ‘in any capacity’ in the US military. Photograph: AFP Photo

Trumps ban on transgender people in the military has real consequences for LGBT people

Ariel Levy: ‘When you lose your son, and your spouse, and your house, the house is not the most important.” Photograph:  John Lamparski/WireImage

Ariel Levy’s memoir is bald and bold in its honesty. She is a writer who pares things down until only simplicity and clarity remai(...)

“Conversations about sustainability and fashion tend to revolve around the slow-fashion movement, reacting to our fast-fashion reality – cheap clothes, mass-produced in factories in developing countries.” Photograph: Woo He/EPA

Sustainable items carry premium prices but fast fashion comes with environmental costs

Percy Pig, the chewy sweet synonyous with a trip to M&S, is celebrating its 20th birthday

Percy Pigs and Aengus MacGrianna both have a spot in our hot list

Passengers boarding of Ryanair plane Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk, Poland (Photo by Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

My Ryanair-hack shows you how to avoid paying to sit beside your friends and family

Thisispopbaby’s production ‘Riot’. “It is not blindly optimistic. It places resistance and egalitarianism front and centre.”

‘Riot’ drenches modern Ireland in colour in a triumph of wild and uplifting theatre

A HSE audit found €1.85 million in top-up payments to St John of God executives

St John of God saga illustrates the opaque ownership structure of some key public services

 A man uses his iPhone during a preview event at the  Apple Store in Williamsburg, New York City, US. File photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The ultimate smartphone has fostered internet addiction and the cult of ‘busy’

Nan Goldin and Vivienne Dick at the launch of the exhibitions Weekend Plans and 93% Stardust in Imma, Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The avant garde chroniclers of outsider lives met in New York in the 1970s, and it was friends at first sight

RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry during Donald Trump’s phone call with Leo Varadkar

Women should call out Donald Trump-type behaviour in their workplaces, writes Una Mullally

Pride Dublin 2017: We all share this island, so it’s only right that we ultimately share the same rights. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

DUP actions on marriage equality still mean-spirited and rooted in discrimination

35 years after a murder in the home of DJ Vincent Hanley, the case remains unsolved

Robin Wright: amazing in Wonder Woman

What’s hot, what’s not: Loudly painted doors are in but slick houses are out

 Leo Varadkar appointed just three women as Ministers of State in his Cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Although Varadkar likes to see himself in vein of Macron and Trudeau, he has fallen at first hurdle they bounded over

Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone: Their 2006 legal case began a conversation about love, and what it meant to have that love recognised. Photograph: David Sleator

With Katherine Zappone she was the spark that lit Ireland’s marriage equality movement

Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul.  Shouldn’t work, but it does

What’s hot and what’s not this week

Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – the novel about a totalitarian theocracy that has now been made into a TV series – is a regular visitor to Irish shores. Maybe she comes here for research. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu

Problems with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act dramatically highlighted this week

British Labour Party supporters  at a general election campaign event in Wales. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

The British media and political establishment failed to predict a revolt by the young

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