Rusangano Family: Straight into the mainstream. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hip hop is the dominant youth culture in Ireland, and we’re a better country for it

Workers at Google offices in Dublin following a walkout in protest at the company’s treatment of women: tech companies have been dealing with an infinite conveyor belt of terrible behaviour. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Google worker walkout evidence of mass discontent with glossy tech world’s morality

Clubs and club nights that offer a sense of discovery, community, and creativity are a norm in other European capitals. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Capital ideas: We need to support risk-taking, creative youth, writes Una Mullally

The polling station on Tory Island, off the coast of Co Donegal. Peter Casey received 12,952 votes in Donegal, Michael D Higgins got 15,052. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

County’s strong support for Peter Casey in presidential election underlines anger

John Reynolds (left) owner of Pod nightclub, and Robbie Fox, owner of Renards, at a press conference in 2003. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Electric Picnic founder was fiercely private, intensely creative, financially hit-and-miss

 Lady Gaga attends ELLE’s 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in an oversized suit in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Presley Ann/Getty Images

Yes to Lada Gaga’s oversized suit but no to news of an Amy Whinehouse hologram tour

Distinctive: John Reynolds would speed across the Electric Picnic site on a golf buggy, his straggly salt-and-pepper hair flying. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

His death has shocked the countless people who partied in his clubs, blagged their way on to his guest list, and danced at his fes(...)

Peter Casey: his opinions on Travellers are not welcome in modern Ireland. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

We have a duty a voters to defy this kind of inflammatory politics at every turn

Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh with his dance partner Katya Jones: the pair were seen kissing on a night out. Photograph:    Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire

Seann Walsh scandal spoils the fun on ‘Strictly’, while Eileen Walsh shines in ‘Women On The Verge’

Observing this political “race’ would turn anyone off politics.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Random schoolchildren would have made a better case for themselves

Is it ok if we hide at home until Christmas?

What’s not: Microbags, early morning flights and dude food

Students arrived at the Raise The Roof rally in their thousands. The mobilisation of a new generation of students in recent years as a strong activist force is hugely significant. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Building a movement is all about making alliances, even if some internal conflict occurs

 Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What’s not: The new Gmail and Versace

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh framed his past as dislocated from his current personality. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Talk of academic prowess and athletic skill, while distancing past self, are classic tactics

Specificity and honesty are key when examining our futures. Photograph: Getty Images

How to Change Your Life: In the last of the series, we show you how to enact the changes you want to make in life

What’s hot: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in Maniac, Netflix’s new series

What’s not: Facebook Dating and expansive menus

Shane Ross: retreats again and again to the comforts of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Minister’s primary interest in the field of transport is that of bandwagons

“When it comes to relationships with family members that are causing stress, addressing difficulties within family ties can help change your life.” Illustration: Getty Images

How to Change Your Life: Communication key, whether with friends, family or partner

  What’s hot: Sandra Oh getting an Emmy nomination. Photograph:  Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

What’s not: RTÉ’s lack of podcasts and running for president

What happens when a generation does not put self-interest first? This is, after all, a generation of straight people who canvassed for their LGBT peers, and a generation of young men who marched for young women’s reproductive rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

This generation knows emigration and high rents – and sees protest as form of expression

Go traffic cone orange with Nike Air Max or Air Force 1s. 

Traffic cone orange trainers are looking good, but September road traffic not so much

Changing a state of mind if you’re unhappy in your life is also about visualising a happier scenario.

How to change your life: Rituals, mindfulness and turning off phone notifications can really help each day

In Vox, women get an electric shock if they speak more than 100 words a day.  Photograph: Tara Moore/Digital Vision/Getty

Christina Dalcher explains how flash fiction triggered her dystopian debut novel, ‘Vox’

Gardaí from the public order unit  outside  34 North Frederick Street last Tuesday as unidentified men in balaclavas remove protestors who had been occupying the building.   Photo - Jack Power

Balaclava-wearing gardaí helping remove protesters only inflames an already tense situation

He is part of a wider movement of socially conscious Irish artists making their influence felt

Gillian Anderson: new fashion line for Winser London will be available this month

What’s Not: Twitter headaches, Chain coffee and shell necklaces

Hating a job is a classic instigator of wanting change. Photograph: iStock

How to Change Your Life: How changing where and why you work can reap dividends

Alan Kelly TD: If it’s ego Labour is after, then he is the man. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan

Howlin keeps Labour paralysed but Alan Kelly’s power-hungry ego is too much

Changing things up can be daunting. But by starting to consider it, you’ve already begun.

Want to change your life? ‘You’ve got to break it down into bite size pieces’

Crazy Rich Asians. Photograph: Warner Bros. Pictures

What’s not: Demolitions in Dublin and bad wine at big prices

Ben Affleck in Argo: the future of fake news isn’t ropey-looking news sites

A random experience points to the sinister future of false news operations

B*Witched will play the Throwback Stage at Electric Picnic

What’s not: Blingy rings and polished Instagram feeds

Flags on sale in Knock, Co Mayo, ahead of Pope Francis’s visit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Attending papal events supports an organisation that has failed to address its wrongs

Shooper trouper: Cher does ABBA

The singer’s new ABBA covers album is so hot right now, ‘Succession’ is a rip-roaring success, but ‘Insatiable’ is about as appeti(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: his  actions do not indicate  he gets the gravity of the crisis, despite the fact it disproportionately impacts people of his generation. Photograph: Tom Honan

Eoghan Murphy is an ineffectual Minister playing with fantasy house figures

It is nonsensical that the temporary accommodation needs of visiting tourists are being prioritised over the long-term needs of others in the city. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The council is prioritising developments for visitors to capital, not its inhabitants

Only a few places on the 1892 map of Dublin’s pubs remain, including Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Spark of creativity that always lit the energy of the city is being snuffed out

Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins in Dublin. Higgins says she wasn’t thinking about climate change on a day-to day-basis until she began working with Robinson. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Former president Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins have joined forces to tackle climate change - from a feminist perspective

These four Irish women play loud, scruffy, smart lo-fi tunes, and their gimmick-free, authentic approach is gaining them something(...)

Dogs’ life: Bród and Síoda meet the duke and duchess of Sussex at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bród and Síoda, the President’s dogs, are up; Elon Musk is down

‘The processes of gaining junior positions often feel like those designed for senior executives.’ File photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

The expectation of free labour limits diversity and undermines rights in the workplace

City kayaking: Take advantage of the warm weather and contact these guys to paddle down the Liffey

Index: thumbs up for Biangbiang noodles in Galway; thumbs down for gourmet pizza

Once upon a time there were plans for the Grand Canal Dock area  to be a real neighbourhood, not the parallel universe that it is, operating at arms length from the rest of the city.  Photograph: Getty Images

Marketing Ireland and positioning Dublin as a location for investment is how Fine Gael views the nation and its capital

David Keogh and Josh Corcoran both from Rathfarnham enjoying the good weather at the 40 foot in Sandycove. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

What’s not: Grubby streets and wearing jumpsuits to festivals

Britain’s  lack of self-awareness and self-examination means poor negotiating skills, and an inability to see how its negotiating behaviour is being perceived.

Bradford city panel discussion hears of UK’s delusion and its denial of the death of empire

The vibrancy of Dublin nightlife and its high-concept restaurants and bars is forcing up costs for punters and developers.

Catherine Cleary and Una Mullally look at the real cost of the boom in Dublin's hospitality sector

What’s Hot: Aubrey O’Mahony, the Kildare model who is making his mark on the international stage

What’s not: Complaining about the heat and Insta jealousy

Iveagh Gardens was the second of two Alanis Morissette gigs in Ireland. Here she is performing in Cork on Wednesday night. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Review: The summer sun stretched out across Iveagh Gardens – just like 23 years ago

People take part in the Pride parade in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

None more gloriously cynical about creeping commercialisation than LGBT+ community

Caitlin Moran: “There are no good men leaders standing up, tribal elders going: ‘Young men: here’s another way’ ”

The journalist and author on our bad narrative of the 1990s and the need for men to stand up and fight for equality

Donug: an affront to common decency

Hot: Libraries will soon be open until 10pm every day. Not: self-service tills are killing chat

After saying no to remix cheques, DJ and producer Krystal Klear is on a creative streak

Exam time: Young people sacrifice a lot to do well in their State exams. They merit good examiners. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Exam may determine your life so State must maintain trustworthy marking

Gay pride: Leo Varadkar and (left) Frances Fitzgerald at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

25 years after homosexuality became legal, how do young LGBT people view it?

David Norris taking part in a  Gay Pride march

In 1982 there were three high-profile murders of gay men

A 200g avocado now costs €3.04 in New Zealand. Photograph: iStock

Frosé (frozen rosé) is in, millennial pink is mercifully out

Asylum seeker and activist Ellie Kisyombe still faces out-of-the-blue instructions to move from her accommodation, as she did recently. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We need to stand up once more and demand that direct provision be dismantled

“When Reykjavíkurdætur  started out, it was like an anarchist society.  Sometimes we were 26, sometimes we were seven,”  says Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir.  

Reykjavíkurdætur reject attempts to pigeon-hole their re-engineering of rap

Members of the public wait outside the Mansion House in Dublin to greet survivors of the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

From the Magdalene laundries to illegal adoptions and psychiatric homes, it’s time to properly tackle the legacy of our culture of(...)

Evanne Ní Chuilinn and her father, Cathal Cullen: “We are probably both very loyal, strong willed and sensitive”

Three fathers and their children reflect on the value of their relationship and what it’s taught them about life

Emmet Kirwan on the set of Dublin Oldschool: “I keep going on about the socio-political elements, but it’s a bleedin’ comedy.”

Dublin Oldschool is set to be one of the biggest – and most important – Irish films of the year

A star is Born: Lady Gaga. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Body & Soul has great sounds – if only the Leap Card would follow suit

Floral tribute to Savita Halappanavar at the George Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Subset collective calls for new public art framework to allow licensing of murals

Notes and memories of Anthony Bourdain at the closed location of Brasserie Les Halles in New York. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Brilliant, honest chef’s death reminds us to take care of ourselves and mind others

Yrsa Daley-Ward: “I don’t know if I should be admitting this, but nothing I write is particularly crafted.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The poet talks about racist beauty standards, the joy and shame of religion, and the creative process

Balenciaga’s unfunny ‘T-shirt shirt’, £935

Nigeria’s jersey is the best kit of the World Cup; but doughnuts could go the way of the dodo

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Patti Smith’s support performance is a poetic, urgent statement to the field of thousands

This movement created an energy that has changed people. Canvassers made new connections, exchanged ideas, got to know people in their communities, learned about grassroots activism, organising and fundraising. Photograph: Getty Images

The experience of participating in the political process and affecting positive change engages people on many levels

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

Delicious, daring and downright useful ideas for making the best of our summer days

Forbidden Fruit festival: three days a music at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

What’s Not: Flip-flops in the street – for the beach or pool party only

‘Yes’ campaigners celebrate the official result of the abortion referendum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The victory belongs to everyone but any analysis that does not place at its centre the feminist, women-led movement is bereft

 Supporters gather at Dublin Castle to await the final results of the referendum to repeal the Eighth  amendment. Photograph:   Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘The fiction of Ireland as a conservative, dogmatically Catholic country has been shattered’

I look at the No campaign with sadness. What do they want to do with babies of forced pregnancies? What did we do with those babies before?

On Friday, do we want to blink in the sun or shiver in the shade?

Drop Everything: Inis Oirr’s contemporary cultural biennale happens next week

Drop everything for Inis Oírr’s culture festival, but steer clear of mohair

Chancery House – a Herbert Simms design is characterised by rounded corners, decorative brick elements, ornamental towers and other delights. Photograph: Tom Honan

Rush to notions of modernity by developers and politicians exposes people short of vision

Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way: the Vogue photographer David Mushegain has made U2’s new video

We’ve loads of time for U2’s new video, showcasing queer Dublin. But #TimesUp for R Kelly

John McGuirk of the Save the Eighth campaign said Google’s decision amounts to “foreign interference”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Photos

Reaction to Facebook and Google referendum ad ban is tactic straight out of Trump playbook

Alwright says he has moved from ‘me using the creative process to serve myself, to me using myself to serve it’. His new album ‘Hungry’ is both a manifestation and reflection of this change

The Dublin hip-hop artist fka Lethal Dialect takes a giant leap forward as Paul Alwright

Protect the 8th, whose website included this page, could not be reached for comment

Una Mullally: Protect the 8th and Undecided8 are ruthlessly targeting undecided voters

Hot: Ellen Page. Not: Snap Spectacles

Ellen Page in Tales of the City is on the up, Snap Spectacles get the cold shoulder

Yvonne Rainer: ‘In a way, dance reinvents the wheel. Each new generation that comes up is revelling in their own physicality and has to explore it all over again’

Yvonne Rainer’s choreography moved through ballet into a feminist way of thinking, establishing new fundamentals along the way

 Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts last week after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins

Opinion: Damage to confidence in screening service by the Vicky Phelan case is massive

Comedian and author  Tara Flynn was due with Emmet Kirwan, Elaine Feeney and Una Mullally to discuss an anthology about and issues around repealing the Eighth. However the event has been cancelled. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin City Council has cancelled literary event with theme of repeal of Eighth

Kieran McGuinness, Níal Conlan, Rónán Yourell and Ross McCormick of Delorentos.

New album True Surrender shows a band more interested in emotional precipices than the well-trodden path

For and against: Placards regarding the upcoming  referendum on the Eighth Amendment hanging  in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson  with his solicitor Joe McVeigh: The announcement he would sue anyone who “sees fit to attack our client” was textbook Streisand Effect – where the attempt to censor or remove a piece of information from the public domain causes it to be publicised more widely. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Disgusting WhatsApp messages and antics have eroded public respect for sportsplayers

Stutterheim’s rainbow rain jacket will be sure to cheer you up in the drizzle

What’s not: Google’s terrifying amount of data on you and Christina Aguilera’s new look

Fiona King and Adam: It’s just so disheartening, so hurtful, to see that we’re putting in such a huge effort and vital things that the Government should be providing as their responsibility to look after these children in this way, they’re not doing it.”

Fiona King has been fighting a long and frustrating battle to get a desperately-needed wheelchair for her son Adam (3½), who suffe(...)

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell: discouraged young people from being involved in politics, while a public gallery full of teenagers looked on.

Independent senator out of step as young people help shape Ireland of tomorrow

Marchers express support for the complainant in the Belfast rape trial outside the GPO in Dublin this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We need to put misogyny on trial. We need men to step up and challenge their own behaviour and the behaviour of their peers

 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: he specialises in non-committal nothingness such as “I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated”.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Tech culture has taken normal words and repurposed them as a new form of jargon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Una Mullally: Varadkar’s St Patrick’s Day parading was in spite of diaspora’s dogmatism

‘There’s always that weird thing that the Irish mentality doesn’t really lend itself to hip-hop in the traditional sense of braggadocio. We’re very self-deprecating people.’ Photograph: George Voronov

Kevin Smith’s latest project shows his increasingly sophisticated approach to music

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. “In pop culture terms, what was interesting about the 1990s was how subculture and edginess became completely mainstreamed.” Photograph: Time Life Pictures/DMI/Getty Images

Latter stages of 2010s are stuck in 1990s scattershot but edgy cultural collage

Oh My God – Aisling is coming to the big screen

Yes to Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling! becoming a movie, but no to DNA dating

Riot in New York: Panti and friends in Thisispopbaby’s at the NYU Skirball Center theatre. Photograph: Ian Douglas

Una Mullally goes behind the scenes at Thisispopbaby’s globetrotting show

It feels like tech is pretending to be impressive while repeating things we could already do

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