‘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(...)