Richard Lynch at the launch of  University Concert Hall panto, Beauty and the Beast at King Johns Castle, Limerick. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media.

Gardaí ordered not to participate in strike action Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has ordered all members of the force not to take part in plan(...)

Ashers: the court said, “If businesses were free to choose what services to provide to the gay community on the basis of religious belief, the potential for arbitrary abuse would be substantial.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There was an outcry when the Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slog(...)

Religious advertising: The minute-long cinema advert featuring the Our Father being recited by members of the public received clearance from the British Board of Film Classification and the Cinema Advertising Authority, but Digital Cinema Media has refused to show it. Photograph: Thinkstock

An agency which sells advertising to some of the UK’s biggest cinema chains said it treats “all political or religious beliefs equally” amid a row abo(...)