Posters in Dublin during the 2002 abortion referendum campaign. File photograph: David Sleator

It is very odd that the Citizens’ Assembly discussion of referendums has been moved to this weekend, given that it will allegedly have no impact on th(...)

Economist and campaigner Raymond Crotty: his Supreme Court case to prevent the government signing the Single European Act led to the landmark decision that the treaty must be put to the Irish people by way of a referendum. Photographer: Jack McManus

Taoiseach Charles Haughey was forced to engage in an urgent round of phone calls with European leaders in spring 1987 to explain why Ireland could not(...)

In the courtyard at Dublin Castle, the Central Results Centre, during the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland has lit a beacon bright enough to be seen around the world while it is also begun a conversation at home which will continue, a leading campai(...)

Imagine the populations of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford cities put together. They amount to about 400,000 people. That’s about the numb(...)