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Eoin Murray of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, speaking at the Convention on the Constitution meeting to report recommendations to Houses of the Oireachtas on a review of the Dáil electoral system in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The constitutional convention has decided to review the size of Dáil constituencies, the number of TDs and non-parliamentary ministers at its n(...)

Demonstrators attend a protest march against France’s legalisation of same-sex marriage in Strasbourg earlier this month. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

French president Francois Hollande has signed a law authorising gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, after months of nationwide protests (...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam

Connacht have announced the signing of 20-year-old Jake Heenan from New Zealand on a three year deal. An abrasive openside flanker, Heen(...)

Income distribution among Irish households was ‘more equal than the average in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2010’

Income distribution among Irish households was more equal than the average in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2010(...)

Recent arrivals have been able to link in with long-established Irish communities via technology  rather than in the local Irish pub

In their working paper for a proposed “strategy for the Irish diaspora” in 2008, National University of Ireland researchers Mark Boyle and Rob (...)

The Harvest 2020 targets, which underpin all of the aspirations for growth in the agri-food(...)

The Dáil chamber. “Our parliament could do with an injection of vitality.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is now one of the few parliamentary democracies in which members of parliament are not allowed free votes on issues of conscience. It’s(...)

Amber Weiss and Sharon Papo walk through City Hall in San Francisco after exchanging wedding vows on the first full day of legal same-sex marriages there in 2008. “Abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage – all these have in common that they represent a repudiation of existing understandings and belief systems.” Photograph: Erin Siegal/Reuters

Encroachingly, what media offers is ideological agitation in the promotion of radical social change, rather than, for example, conduits for informa(...)

England’s Tom Wood will captain Stuart Lancaster’s side against the Barbarians and on their tour of Uruguay and Argentina.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Northampton’s Tom Wood will captain a youthful England squad featuring 11 uncapped players for the fixture against the Barbarians and the summe(...)

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been named in the Barbarians squad.  Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, on the day he was named alongside Munster prop BJ Botha in the Barbar(...)

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