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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on his announcement – and left to get on with his job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s decision to disclose that he is gay is an important personal choice for him but it is also a political moment, as n(...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

Colin Farrell backstage during the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

Actor Colin Farrell is to appear on the first Claire Byrne Live show to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage. The programme will have a range(...)

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire in House of Cards on Netflix. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon

Home-grown TV dramas such as RTÉ’s Charlie and TV3’s Red Rock may have helped us through the January blues, but those enduring House of Cards cold tur(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  at the RTÉ Radio centre for The Miriam O’Callaghan Show. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he wants to be an “equal citizen in my own country” and intends speaking further about his sexuality as the(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in the RTÉ Radio Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leo Varadkar was a teenager when he came out as openly Fine Gael. The early signs were there. His mother now understands why, at the tender age of sev(...)

The concluding episode of Charlie revealed Haughey growing ever-more obsessed with his legacy as the narrative also sought to explain the man behind the image. Photgraph: Patrick Redmond

Charles Haughey famously, and with epic but characteristic self-regard, told the Dáil as he departed the chamber in 1992: “I have done the State some (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ Radio studios on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) saluted the courage of the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday after he talked publicly for the fir(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has rejected the idea that the Government’s forthcoming spring economic statement will include a five-year tax reform plan. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has rejected the idea of a five-year tax reform plan being included in the Government’s spring economic statement, while a Fine G(...)

George Hook: scattergun opinions on a variety of hot topics

For all that the right to freedom of speech is being defended in the current climate, even the staunchest upholders of the principle may have found(...)

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