Let’s talk about sex: not just as a list of dire warnings. Photograph: iStock

We need to talk about sex without the words ‘when two people are very much in love…’

Bereft mourners at Connor Currie’s funeral. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA

Community shows solidarity with bereft families on day that will linger long in memory

The coffin of Lauren Bullock is taken from St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Teenager was ‘energetic and full of life’, priest tells mourners

Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara steps down after 25 years with the company. File photograph:  Robyn Beck/ AFP/Getty Images

If a relationship is consensual - is it part of the #MeToo movement?

Caolan McKenna from Tyrone enjoying last year’s St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin. There was a time when watching a slow-moving caravan of Massey Fergusons and frostbitten scouts was considered high entertainment in this country. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If it’s any consolation, St Patrick’s Day is even more pressure on the ones who got away

Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. When it comes to the post-Brexit bounce for Dublin, it may be a case of be careful what you wish for. Photograph: Getty Images

The staff of 100 financial firms are moving to Ireland due to Brexit. How will that go?

Rose McGowan. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty

The actor on #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein and why Sinéad O’Connor was ‘100% right’

We have let Irish children down in the past, inexcusably and with unthinkable consequences, and we quite rightly want to make sure that never happens again.

Jennifer O'Connell: I suspect what we’re most scared of isn’t the daily livestream of risks. It is the censure of other parents

Author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s sixth novel is about a fictional rock band but explores real life brilliantly

Lorraine Lordan (left) of Cartoon Saloon and  former  Irish rugby international Fiona Steed pictured at Network Ireland’s Celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur

‘I long for the day when we don’t have to celebrate how fabulous we are,’ says former rugby international

Virgin Atlantic air stewardess and steward training. Photograph: Mike Kemp for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Comment: If this seems a reluctant shunt, rather than a leap forward – it’s because it is

A demonstrator, dressed as a dinosaur, waves a European Union flag during a protest outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London last November. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Jennifer O'Connell: My friend’s father told her not to come home until she ditched her boyfriend. He wasn’t an addict – he was Eng(...)

Squeezing into pre-pregnancy jeans is now a priority just below ‘keep baby alive’

They’re everywhere, little girls like the one I know: clicking and deleting and filtering and smoothing and stretching and whitening and polishing and schooling themselves in the art of insecurity

She is 11 years old, this selfie-taking, quietly self-loathing little girl, schooled in insecurity

A photograph of Shamima Begum is held up by her eldest sister Renu Begum in February 2015, after the British teenager went missing. Photograph: Laura Lean/AFP/Getty Images

There is little sympathy for the ‘jihadi bride’ whose British citizenship is being revoked

Cactus: “too prickly” for men, apparently. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The latest variation on the Rules theme is that your interior decor could be sending out the 'wrong' signals

When someone gets out of bed when you’re running late for the early train, and de-ices the window of your car, that’s love.

‘I have erotic dreams about waking up and discovering my car has been valeted’

Within a few days, I had many, many lists. They were proliferating as rampantly as Starbucks outlets in an upwardly-mobile urban environment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

No longer was my head stuck in my phone when I should have been interacting with my family

The funeral of Micheál Roarty  in Dunlewey,  Co  Donegal. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

As funerals of four young victims took place, prayers were offered that people would ‘exercise extreme care on the road’

Ellie Kisyombe arrived in Ireland, terrified, in 2010. Now she is standing for local election

#Metoo backlash: Men and women have never been equal at work. Stock Photograph: Getty

The #MeToo backlash is not an excuse for male execs to hide behind

TripAdvisor: review sites have made us omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and, presumably, an omnipain in the posterior for people working in the service industry. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O’Connell: Sometimes I can’t resist spewing hot, angry words into the keyboard


Read on for a better understanding of the sometimes divisive ‘transgender issue’

Russell Brand: “I’m very  focused on the mystical connotations of Mabel’s beauty and grace. Not so good on the nappies.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The self-styled revolutionary has revealed that he is too “sensitive and awake and aware” to do anything so dull and predictable a(...)

Say yes to that thing. You’ve got the rest of your life to be busy or tired or hungover.

Motherhood immediately made my anxiety much worse, and eventually much better

St George flags in the windows and a “Vote Leave” poster on a house in Redcar, northeast England, in 2016. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AFP/Getty Images

How does a society that has been so badly fractured begin to heal?

Abu Hanif opened a shop after he had to close two takeaway restaurants when he could no longer find chefs. Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

Bradford feels forgotten by rest of Britain and now sees Brexit as an elitist thing

Sixth-form students St Mary’s College, Hull, in England: Emily Degg, Juliet Joseph, Piper Wilson, Nishan Singh, Claric e Noble, Somto Onoh, Niamh Flanagan, William Su, Freya Whittaker, Princess Lobaha.

Hull sixth-form pupils on what should happen next, now Theresa May’s deal has been defeated

Anne Gorman: “The old guard feel neglected.” Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

Wrong assumptions and flawed facts underpin Hull’s attitude to Border and Brexit

 William and Kate with   Meghan and  Harry  on Christmas Day in Sandringham. Photograph: Stephen Pond/ Getty Images

Jennifer O'Connell: Kate is seen taking her earrings off, while Meghan hisses and Eugenie cheers from the sidelines

Saoirse Ronan on Friday during ‘A Conversation with’ at the Google Foundry Dublin, to promote the release of ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Having worked half her life, Saoirse Ronan is finding her early 20s scary and exciting

Yann Moix in 2013. Photograph: Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images

Yann Moix might be sexist – but is he just saying what other men are thinking?

The Apple watch: ‘Even though this relationship doesn’t seem to be doing either of us any good, I can’t quite give her up.’ Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Whatever my Apple watch wanted me to do, I’d do uncomplainingly, even though the red flags were there from the beginning

 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  talks to fellow members of Congress during the first session of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol on Friday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Seeing politicians weep, hug and dance was a different kind of politics to Trump’s machoism

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Harry and Meghan at the start of their two-day visit. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

It was a year of visits, royal, papal, meteorological. Here’s what we learned from them

Michelle Obama: knocked Hillary Clinton off the most-admired spot. Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

A new poll reveals who is the most admired woman in America

Rob Delaney with his two-year-old son, Henry, who died last January. Photograph: Rob Delaney/Facebook

The actor spoke out to destigmatise grief and to help other parents feel ‘seen, heard, loved’

Only people on Instagram  use their coffee tables for storing books. For everyone else, they’re a place to put remote controls, piles of laundry and feet

Good biscuits, dried fruit, coffee table books and the Coca Cola truck

Liam Tilly in his Christmas jumper outside his house on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

These Dubliners are raising festive spirits and funds with their elaborately lit homes

Time to stockpile your favourite UK-made goods, or switch to an Irish brand ahead of Brexit in March

We’re about four billion times more partial to British food than we’d like to admit

Naively, I thought all tips, card or cash, went to the staff. Photograph: Getty Images

Generally I just close my eyes and fling twenties around, and hope no one is insulted

The Book Centre, Waterford. Photograph: Jennifer O'Connell

In the age of ebooks, these booksellers are proving print is still preferred

    Jennifer O’Connell in her sitting room. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ireland was not easy to return to and buy a home. Then my mother asked if we’d be interested in buying theirs

Eric Zhi Ying Xue was born in Ireland and was threatened with deportation along with his Chinese mother

Jennifer O’Connell: Personal stories have swayed the public on citizenship, as politics again lag behind

Ballon d’Or: Ada Hegerberg on stage with Martin Solveig and (left) David Ginola.  Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Yet another female athlete’s achievement is overshadowed by someone else’s bad behaviour

Not all men are relishing the self-awareness they’ve had to develop in the wake of a year of stories of sexual abuse, harassment and systemic misogyny. Photograph: iStock

Women being more equal at work and men being more hands-on at home means we all have to learn new ways to behave

 Dr Annaliese O’Sullivan, Dr Darach Brennan, nurse Máire Hughes, Dr Mairéad Brennan and practice manager Denise O’Keefe  at Johnstown Medical Centre, Waterford city. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Overworked, under-resourced and burning out, or overpaid, understretched and privileged?

Computer generated image of  the planned Falcon development at North Quays, Waterford.

Shops, offices, 200 apartments and train station planned for 17-acre waterfront site

Ruka Adeluola: after coming to Ireland alone from Nigeria when she was 12, she is studying biotechnology at DCU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Five people describe the obstacles they have overcome to make it to third-level

CBD: drug or foodstuff? Photograph: Getty Images

Is this non-psychoactive, widely available cousin of marijuana a health godsend or a fad?

Late Late Toy Show: put Ryan Tubridy in a top hat and a ridiculous jumper, feed him jellies and surround him with small humans, and he really is the greatest showman. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Review: Big dance number. Heart-wringing heroes. Ryan Tubridy’s singing. It’s all here

First Lady Melania Trump reviews the Christmas decorations. Photograph: Andrea Hanks/The White House

The actual theme is ‘American Treasures,’ honouring ‘the heart and spirit’ and, clearly, the bodily fluids of the American people

Leona O’Callaghan:  Those were “four years of my life that I won’t get back, where my kids didn’t have a mum, where I was in and out of hospital.” Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Legal observers believe we can now weigh up the right of defendants to a fair trial

Women in Belfast protest  after a barrister drew attention to a female complainant’s choice of underwear. Photograph: Pacemaker

New rules seeking to ensure only bona-fide journalists and lawyers may report or tweet from court cases will come into effect on M(...)

A recent report in Nature  suggests adopting a flexitarian diet and cutting down to just one portion of red meat a week.

There’s plenty of examining labels, sampling new foods and feeling hungry

Protesters at the Spire, Dublin, calling for an end to victim-blaming in the courts in response to a barrister’s comment about a 17-year-old woman’s underwear during a rape trial. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

It’s convenient how Official Ireland chooses whether women are to be judged from the neckline up, or the belt down, based on the c(...)

A Luas crosses the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Those whose journey exceeds 45 minutes more likely to move house

Aisling Byrne, domestic abuse survivor, features in Tabú, Ag Teacht Slán: ““Even with the safety order in place, what she calls the psychological torture continued. “I would wake up and he’d be standing over me.”

‘He was telling me not to see my friends . . . I thought that was love’

Ask someone from outside Dublin what they’d do to improve their part of the world, and the answers, I suspect, would be things Dubliners take for granted

We walk to school, pubs, restaurants. The sea is 10 minutes away. What’s not to like?

Serena Williams: GQ’s “woman” of the year

Why did the magazine put the word woman in quotation marks? A backhanded compliment? Or tone deaf to implications?

Mícheál  Ó Súilleabháin who  died last week at the age of 67, after a long illness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funeral mass organised with ‘detailed precision’ by composer prior to his death

“In the days of my grandmother and Maura Laverty, cookbooks were not the equivalent of scatter cushions for your kitchen, accessories designed to make your shelves look smart.” Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Food is an endlessly rich lexicon of joy, desire, friendship and love

Lesbian kiss: Jack White posted this photograph of Beatles fans in 1964 to express his disappointment at Allyson MacIvor’s treatment at his Edmonton concert. Photograph: Mirrorpix/Getty

Allyson MacIvor’s tolerance of intolerance at a Jack White gig is a social-media lesson for all

Judy Blume’s “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” was deliciously illicit, bold enough to give the nuns in our convent primary school an instant coronary

Jennifer O’Connell: That's the paradox of becoming a parent

Sexy Donald Trump, sexy anonymous New York Times op-ed, Native American princess

Halloween might be your only chance to choose from ‘sexy’, ‘sexier’ or ‘phwoar’

Photograph: iStock

A mouse legged it across the diningroom floor. The rest is history

Peter McVerry photographed by Nick Bradshaw

‘There are 15,000 people homeless. And much worse is coming down the road’

Menstrual cup: the American actor Leona Chalmers patented the first one, in 1937. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Tampax Cup shows the politics of periods are changing – but still too slowly

Mixtape etiquette: mixtapes were a crucial part of the courtship ritual in the 1980s and early 1990s

Jennifer O'Connell: Add slow sets to the list of things I love that are already, or about to become, obsolete

By the time puberty strikes, girls are already playing down their ambitions, frightened to fail, or to be seen as “pushy”, “bossy” or a “show off”. Illustration: Getty Images

Girls are chided for being pushy or bossy. But ambition should be celebrated

Modern, independent-minded feminist Meghan Markle. And Harry

Kate Middleton acted like childbirth was no tougher than a game of croquet, writes Jennifer O’Connell

“There are no real shops, and I have no car, and the restaurant is unexpectedly closed for holidays.”

People began to notice the old man with the neat white hair, paint-spattered cuffs and the cotton bag that held his sketchbook

Rebecca Humpries, actor and writer, struck a blow for anyone who has ever been cheated on

Strictly star and comedian Seann Walsh’s ex-girlfriend walked away with dignity and power

Porn in public: if somebody decides that’s how they want to pass their commute, is there anything, other than embarrassment or a sense of decency, to suggest they shouldn’t? Photograph: E+/Getty

Navigating the etiquette of watching porn in public is actually pretty simple. Don’t

Alison Farrell. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Four young transgender people on growing up, coming out and being accepted

By the time you read this, unless I’ve had another wobble, I’ll be up a mountain. Photograph: Getty Images

I once scored 95% on the extrovert scale, which basically means I’m terribly needy

As the Scally report made clear last week, society might have moved on, but some things haven’t changed. Photograph: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell: Sexually censorious attitudes create stigma and cost lives

Katie Hopkins: now having to put up with the indignity of bleeding-heart liberals’ sympathy. Photograph: Getty

The undoing of hate-peddler Hopkins is the perfect parable for the age of outrage

Terms like ‘working mother’ reinforce notions about how the burden of domestic work should be subdivided, diminishing the increasingly vital role played by men. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O’Connell: Yes, I am a mother who works, but is there any other kind?

Serena Williams cartoon: Mark Knight’s depiction of the tennis player has been condemned as racist and sexist. Photograph: Herald Sun/AFP/Getty

Irish observers might be reminded of our grim history at the hands of ‘Punch’

New ‘digital wellbeing’ tools are being rolled out by tech giants. Photograph: Getty

The social media giant wants to make us less tech-dependent. Isn't it a little late for that?

Sleep is not optional. Getting only six hours a night is a form of slow euthanasia

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin: top row, Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

Jennifer O’Connell: Race for the Áras is like the first round of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

Tess Holliday cosmo cover

Plus-size model Tess Holliday's cover shoot causes controversy but is obesity the real issue?

Education is about broadening the mind, but school is often about narrowing the horizons: wearing a uniform, obeying the rules, discovering that society and your classmates have expectations for you. Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O’Connell: Gender neutrality is all very well, but children want to fit in at school

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Where can you buy his socks? Which predecessor once put a dead body on trial?

 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. He called the abuse of children “a terrible tragedy”, as though it was a calamity no one could have foreseen or stopped.  Photograph: EPA/Ettore Ferrari

The church’s playbook for dealing with abuse in Pennsylvania is horribly familiar

Asia Argento  came to prominence in the early days of #MeToo with her accusations against Harvey Weinstein. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The #MeToo movement is experiencing growing pains as it enters a new phase

Daithi O Se poses with the 2018 Rose of Tralee contestants at Kilmainham Hospital.  Photograph: Collins

Give Daithi a night off, and make it a show for real women who shop in Penneys, may be over 28, don’t want to marry and have opini(...)

Children asleep on metal chairs in Tallaght Garda station on the night of August 8th after they and their mother were forced to sleep there due to lack of emergency accommodation. Photograph: PA Wire

Next time you’re moved to fury by something happening to children in Trump’s America, spare a thought for the children in Ireland

US president Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault. The former staffer and one-time “Apprentice” contestant secretly recording conversations with her co-workers, including the president. File photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

'Doing an Omarosa' is as easy as opening an app. But are you breaking the law?

Lucy Prendeville of Tullamore, Co Offaly, who got eight A1s in the Leaving Cert in 2015. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Reframe your parents’ expectations. And yours. Avoid social media. If necessary, lie

Utah-based Kyl and Brent Myers have not revealed their child’s biological sex or assigned a gender identity. They are sharing the experience of bringing up Zoomer on Instagram.

Number of parents interested in exploring different approaches is growing

One kiss or two, or may be three. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O'Connell: We pretend we’re worldly Europeans, then someone goes for a cheek kiss and the pretence melts away

As a study of 25 years of Vogue cover stars shows how uniform our conception of beauty is, magazine editors say they’ll embrace mo(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The falsehoods, euphemisms and face-saving ruses that helped make us what we are

f I’m honest, the earwigging possibilities offered by the train have always been one of its chief pleasures. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘People who have a habit of moving their lips silently when they read tend to be given a wide berth’

Bosca Brexit: the best of Ireland

From Sudocrem to 7Up to Marian Keyes: the best of Ireland is going into our Bosca Brexit

Sperm counts are falling across the developed world. The truth about the male fertility timebomb

Jennifer O’Connell: how can two working parents survive the kids’ summer holidays? Photograph: Getty

Jennifer O’Connell: I love long vacations – when I’m participating in them

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