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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has urged voters to  to go to their polling station  on  October 26th so they can have their say in the outcome of the blasphemy referendum. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

A referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution is to take place on the same date at the presidential election. Voters will (...)

As it emerged actor Stephen Fry’s prostate cancer diagnosis sparked a 15% rise in services in England earlier this year, international experts have advised against routine screening for the disease. Photograph: Simon Annand

A panel of international experts has advised against routine testing for prostate cancer for most men because the benefit is “small and uncertain” and(...)

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

Article 41.2 of the Constitution says the State “recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved”. File photograph: Getty Images

An 81-year Constitutional provision prioritising women’s domestic role is set to be deleted within months. The Cabinet will on Tuesday agree to hold (...)

Rupert Everett: “I don’t think there is any point in regretting.” Photograph: Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images

“I didn’t know this was going to be . . . In the Psychiatrist’s Chair,” Rupert Everett says with the slightest of flinches. He doesn’t clam up. He doe(...)

As far back as 1991 the Law Reform Commission recommended that the Constitutional prohibition on blasphemy be removed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has agreed to hold a referendum later this year to remove the constitutional provision which outlaws blasphemy. This is long overdue. (...)

When it began, Gay Byrne’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ looked like a hobby for a veteran broadcaster. He made it compelling TV

Does He exist, this divine figure we imagine? If so, how does He allow bad things to happen? And what would you say – following a long and eventful li(...)

Nobody’s fool:  Anthony Hopkins. Photograph: Ed Miller

King Lear Monday, BBC Two, 9.30pm A mad king rules over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England, and pretty soon everything descends into chao(...)

Harry, who will be problematically dressing as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Meghan Markle. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Next month Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle and The Irish Times doesn’t even have a royal correspondent. This is a rum state of affairs for a so(...)

Actor Stephen Fry had his prostate removed in January after being diagnosed with cancer in December, and he has said “it all seemed to go pretty well”. File photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry (60) has urged “men of a certain age” to get themselves checked for prostate cancer as he revealed he has recently (...)

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