Kathy Sheridan

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Majella Moynihan in 1998. ‘The Garda Representative Association had failed so comprehensively in its purpose to protect and defend her that she wasn’t even aware of its existence.’  Photograph: RTÉ

A thread insinuates itself throughout Majella Moynihan’s heart-stopping story: how societies choose their human sacrifices for some “higher” cause, ho(...)

Essentially, voters didn’t see the point of paying a directly-elected mayor a handsome salary and even more money for special advisers when local government in Ireland is in the ha’penny place. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The dismal outcome of plebiscites on directly-elected mayors, with the proposition being narrowly defeated in both Cork and Waterford and carried by a(...)

Seahorse is a sharp and funny play about the anxiety of being a woman in modern Ireland.

Women’s day is leaking. The international day, which has been around for more than 100 years, these days sees events and campaigns starting days befor(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Irish presidential runner-up Peter Casey: made no attempt to meet any Travellers as he didn’t want to “invade their privacy”. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

This much is agreed. In a housing crisis, the matter of the rejected council houses in Tipperary is infuriating. In fact, such rejections are infuriat(...)

Danny Dyer calls David Cameron a “twat” on Good Evening Britain – twice

It was bound to happen. The UK’s plight has been distilled by an East End soap actor. “Arise, the king of Brexit reason,” read one worshipful headline(...)

Leo Varadkar at Body & Soul: ‘I think it’s a case of changing views over time.’ Photograph: Allen Kiely

“I’m always a bit uncomfortable listening to male politicians talking about their journey,” says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, of his path to feminist enlig(...)

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, on the Irish Times Women’s Podcast: ‘I’ll get it done this year.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that legislating for abortion is his “number one priority” and he will “get it done this year”. Speaking on(...)

Women’s Podcast: Katha Pollitt, Fiona de Londras, Kathy Sheridan and Rhona Mahony reflect on the referendum campaign

“The Eighth was a pre-emptive strike against women’s liberation in this country.” On Referendum Eve, legal expert Professor Fiona de Londras reflects(...)

Ann Lovett: Rosita Boland tells Kathy Sheridan about reporting her story. Photograph © The Irish Times

“He needed to be heard, after 34 years of silence,” the Irish Times journalist Rosita Boland says of her interview last Saturday with Richard McDonnel(...)

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