Year of the woman: 2018 has been a roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement

From the Belfast rape trial to the historic referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, to the shocking CervicalCheck scandal and concerted interventions to address the gender pay gap, 2018 has been quite the roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement, writes Political Correspondent Elaine Loughlin


How to take on difficult subjects

Jodi Picoult’s status as the queen of ethical fiction hasn’t stopped the death threats over her latest novel on abortion, writes Hannah Stephenson