Derek J Byrne

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There is a saying that most gay men can have more sexual partners in a lunchtime than a straight man in a lifetime. When I heard the announcement from(...)

Members of Maynooth Pride Society, gather in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the result of the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

I wasn’t surprised to read the harrowing findings in the recent report on the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and i(...)

‘You can find help by contacting the Console 24/7 helpline at 1800 247 247 or by texting HELP to 51444.’ Photograph: Getty Images

A couple of months ago a young man I worked with took his own life in a very violent way. I am the manager of the rehabilitation programme in Dublin h(...)

‘Sometimes it takes a change in the law to change the culture. We may wish it wasn’t so, but wishing and hoping has only got us 16 per cent of women in the Dáil.’ Above, TDs and senators at an event on January 28th, 2014 to mark the historic election in which women first had the right to vote, and in which Constance Markievicz was elected as the first woman TD and MP. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

If my great-great-great- great- great granddaughter runs for election in 2265, chances are, she might enter a Dáil where 50:50 gender representation h(...)