Katherine Zappone and Anne Louise Gilligan  at City Hall in Dublin on their wedding day in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said it is an “honour” to donate the dresses she and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan wore on their we(...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Avril Hannifin, a graduate of An Cosán,  at Goodbody Stockbroker’s office in  Ballsbridge, where she’s doing a  paid apprenticeship. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Avril Hannifin was a bright spark at school in the Dublin suburb of Clondalkin. Her parents expected her to go to college. Instead, she fell into po(...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

Brendan Fay: ‘I feel a depth of gratitude for the determined LGBT activists here and in Ireland who rose up in dark times and struggled for civil rights.’ Photograph: Ray Hegarty

“Happy Pride!” I’ll be hearing the odd greeting a thousand times. People often ask, why do you go? I tell them I march because I can. I am alive for a(...)

 Independent Mattie McGrath was among those to contribute as the Dáil debated the latest developments in the broadband plan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Can’t wait to see Katherine Zappone’s frock when she hits the red carpet at the Ifta awards. Hollywood Boulevard meets Dawson Street. It’ll be wall-t(...)

Waiting for Revenue recognition: Seamus White and John O’Sullivan’s tax certificates still record them as civil partners. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost three years after the electorate voted to recognise same-sex marriage, the computer system at the heart of the State’s taxation system still do(...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell urged more ‘sceptical’ consideration of the view that the courts are obliged to develop new rights.

A Supreme Court judge has advocated judicial restraint in interpreting the Constitution and urged more “sceptical” consideration of the view that the (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the couple, who married in 2003 in British Columbia, spent ‘36 blissful years together and we supported each other in everything that we did’. Image: Screenshot from RTÉ Player

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she will “never be the same” following the death of her wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan last month. Ms (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the U2 performance of The Joshua Tree in Croke Park Dublin. Photographs: Eric Luke

Fans from across the globe flocked to see U2 perform at Croke Park as part of the band’s The Joshua Tree tour with a host of famous faces in the crowd(...)

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