German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

Fine Gael director of elections  Richard Bruton (left),  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter take part in a photocall calling for a Yes vote in the referendums. Photograph: PA

2011: Fine Gael election manifesto promises to call a referendum to abolish the Seanad.April 11th, 2013: Former tánaiste and attorney general Michael (...)

“If he [Alan Shatter] is saying this court is not 100 per cent sound, then we have a much greater emergency than a backlog of civil cases  .  .  .  We have hundreds of people in jail who don’t belong there.”    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s arguments for creating a Court of Appeal are “somewhere between incoherent and incomprehensible”, a constitutional lawyer has said. S(...)