Mary Maher:  born on this day 80 years ago

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the pandemic is that some milestones have passed unnoticed but Mary Maher’s friends are determined that this wi(...)

‘Liam’ retained his Garda notebooks from the 1980s, when he was let go over suspicions of being homosexual. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plucked from the bowels of the Department of Justice archive stores in recent weeks, a document from 1982 about the dismissal of a young garda offers (...)

‘I was a good policeman, thrown on the scrapheap. I want them to acknowledge the reason’ Liam was in his Dublin Garda station in 1982, about to hi(...)

  Phil Moore, the woman who Máire Geoghan-Quinn says is the reason she proposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality, pictured at home in Dartry, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Phil Moore’s 16-year-old son first told his mother he was gay Moore responded as many parents would have in the early 1980s. “I said ‘it’s all ri(...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)