Leading disability rights activist Joanne O’Riordan,  born without limbs owing to an extremely rare condition called Tetra-amelia Syndrome,  leading a protest outside Leinster House calling on the Government to protect the rights of more than 600,000 people living with disabilities in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland has been “living a lie” since the marriage equality referendum in 2015 because of its failure to ratify an international agreement on disabili(...)

Clockwise: Helen Dixon, Ruth Negga, Maeve Higgins, Marian Keyes, Sharon Horgan

Business & entrepreneurship Ciara Donlon Entrepreneur and CEO, Theya Healthcare It has been a rollercoaster three years for Ciara Donlon(...)

Saoirse Ronan Actor Considering what she has achieved already it’s hard to believe that Saoirse Ronan is just 22. Since her brilliantly sinister (...)

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry: said that “young offenders in the 18-24 age group have more in common with adolescents than adults”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Responsibility for prisoners aged 18-24 should be transferred to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, said social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVe(...)

Getting ready for the parade: Charlie Jacob and Seán O’Sullivan of Spraoi Street Art Spectacle putting the finishing touches on arrangements for St Patrick’s Day, watched by Seán Leahy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to throng the streets of cities and towns across the country for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parades(...)

Independent Cllr and current Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea, who has announced that he will run as a candidate for the Dáil in Cork North West. Photograph: Martin Walsh

The mayor of Co Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea has announced that he is to run in the forthcoming general election as an Independent candidate in the Cor(...)

Joanne O’Riordan (19) from Millstreet, Co Cork, with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Áras an Uachtarain in 2014.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenager Joanne O’Riordan has been awarded the prestigious Junior Chamber International (JCI) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award. Ms O’Riorda(...)

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan  is among the nominees for the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young People. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan has been nominated for an international award previously bestowed upon both John F Kennedy and Henry Kissing(...)

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Write what you know,” said, eh, Eleanor Roosevelt? Einstein? Someone, anyway. A lack of attention to detail is not only effective as the openi(...)

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