‘Collateral damage is a by-product of what you target. And the damage to a generation of children is an inevitable result of the target chosen by those who govern us.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Austerity is a form of child abuse visited on the most vulnerable in society

Early production: The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre  in Dublin in 1942. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton/Getty

Audiences expected a play about liberation; what they got was a scabrous, unromanticised depiction of the Rising’s failings

Treated like beasts: prisoners working in the crematorium at Dachau concentration camp, which Erwin Strunz avoided with the help of Hubert Butler and his wife, Peggy Guthrie. Photograph: LAPI/Roger Viollet/Getty

As we mark Holocaust Memorial Day, it’s worth remembering that what our great essayist did was illegal – not just in Nazi Europe (...)

‘We are a “northern European country” – Greece is “down there”, like the naughty bits we don’t like to talk about. But after Sunday, we may have to talk about them after all.’ Above, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza Party. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Recklessness is not confined to the far left – the euro zone’s orthodoxy has been demonstrably reckless

A Muslim protester holds a placard reading “Islam” and another one holds one reading “For peace and against terrorism” during a demonstration outside Atocha Station in Madrid against the recent Paris Charlie Hebdo attacks . Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has spent $100 billion in recent decades spreading an extremist ideology

Detail from  Eve of St Agnes stained glass window by Harry Clarke. Photograph courtesy of The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Artist’s imaginative stained glass transcends the straitened State from which it sprang

‘The new party is a solution in search of problems – or at least of problems that can be can be addressed with right-wing policies that don’t appear to be too right-wing. Thus Eddie Hobbs (right) is from Mars and Lucinda Creighton is from Venus.’  Above, Hobbs and Creighton with   John Leahy (left) at the launch of  the party in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eddie Hobbs is from Mars and Lucinda Creighton is from Venus, hence the fuzziness of their new party’s agenda on everything from (...)

Detail from ‘Decoration’ which draws on traditional images of the madonna and child

A modernist take on old religious themes pointed the way to Jellett’s acceptance

Illustration: Oscar Scotellaro/Getty

Budget cuts have left some of Ireland’s national cultural institutions on the brink of collapse. Now the people most affected need(...)

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