A sideways look at the election

Lucinda Creighton was popular in the poll, with 18 per cent of people saying they would like to go on a date with her. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A sideways look at the election

Hae Min Lee: the murder victim in the Serial case. Her family has remained silent.

The podcast phenomenon raises questions about both the case and the medium

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Trotskyite: A passive-aggressive (and more economical) way to describe members of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, along with other left-wing candidates. Photograph: Collins Courts

We translate jargon so you don’t have to

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Government’s “momentum” has been halted with a drop in the latest ‘Irish Times’ poll. But does it even exist? Bu  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

We translate jargon so you don’t have to

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. The Coalition argues that there is no alternative majority available to voters.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Election Lexicon: Tina

We translate jargon so you don’t have to

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin for   the dissolution of the 31st Dáil in advance of  General Election 2016, on February 3rd, 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When Enda Kenny uses Twitter video to tell us election date, he is controlling his own message

Terry Wogan with (left to right) Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton during the BBC Children In Need Appeal of 2011. Photograph: PA

Relaxed rapport combined with mischievous sense of irony defined broadcaster

Terry Wogan in Cork –  from Terry Wogan’s Ireland: Always made sure he had a bottle of wine with him on Eurovision night. Photograph: The Irish Times

A uniquely appealing star best remembered for jocular Eurovision commentary

The announcement that Xtra-vision was finally closing will come as no surprise to anyone who has been observing trends in video and entertainment consumption. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deep changes under way in how we watch TV, and impact goes beyond rental market

The mural depicts Patrick Pearse surrendering to British army officers dressed as contemporary building workers. Photograph: John Rooney

Graffiti artist says he did not make artwork depicting building workers at 1916 site

Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith will join others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Photograph Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Does Hollywood have a problem with racism? An array of Tinesltown’s finest think so

Ice Cube (left) and Kevin Hart photographed at the Trinity College Dublin where they received the ‘Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage for Outstanding Contribution to Actingand Entertainment’ from the Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Gangsta rapper Ice Cube and comedian Kevin Hart honoured for outstanding contribution to acting

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys with John McDonough, director of the National Archives, at the launch of the design phase of new €8 million redevelopment of the National Archives.

Heather Humphreys says further investment in archives needed if 20-year rule is to be achieved

Going negative: Fianna Fáil’s first billboard poster of the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

Weekend Read: Political parties are defining the narrative of the upcoming election, and the first signs of ‘negative campaigning’(...)

Daniel Day-Lewis and Alison Whelan in My Left Foot directed by Jim Sheridan (1989). The film received five Academy Award nominations and Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker went on to take the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards

Nominations represent a return on long-term investment in a generation of local talent

Board ‘ambitious’ to build on success but funding down 40% to €11.2m from €20m in 2008

An image of David Bowie is projected on to a building in Brixton, south London. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Millions dreamed they could be like him, but rock star was without equal

David Bowie in 1973, during a photoshoot for Pin Ups. Photograph: Justin De Villeneuve/Getty

A restless re-creation of his artistic persona helped David Bowie to makea cultural impact across six decades

Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some commenters on social media have decided they don’t like her ‘Dub’ accent. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

‘Debate’ over Irish actor’s voice is an excuse to lord it over a rich, famous young woman

Miley (Mick Lally) and Biddy Byrne (Mary McEvoy) in Glenroe, which was axed by RTÉ in 2001.

Nothing is more powerful than seeing your own life experience and stories on screen

The original definition of online “trolling” – deliberate espousal of the most outrageous views to elicit a reaction of any sort – has mutated over recent years, so that the word is now used to describe all kinds of ugly behaviour on the internet.

Opinion: Reaction to racial abuse of six-year-old after Toy Show poses conundrum

Exit strategy: Web Summit foudner Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland’s high-profile tech event packed its bags on Thursday and set sail for Portugal. But will it succeed there, and will Dubli(...)

Oliver Dunne may have changed the set-up in his restaurant but the food is still excellent

This eaterie off Grafton Street is all about the meat, but have your starter and dessert elsewhere

Kenco’s current Coffee vs Gangs campaign: running on The Irish Times in Ireland and the Telegraph in the UK

Native advertising offers hope for publishers, but they need to keep readers’ trust

Arthur Beesley (left): ‘There are greater and more pressing inequalities that should be tackled’; and Hugh Linehan: ‘There is no logical reason for the existing age limit of 35 on candidates standing for the presidency.’  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Yes, says Hugh Linehan. No, argues Arthur Beesley, in an Irish Times online debate on the referendum

Numb: Diary of a War Correspondent. Published by Liberties Press. Ghostwritten by Louis La Roc, pseudonym for former Fermoy solicitor Colin Carroll.

Author Colin Carroll promoted his book as a work of non-fiction

 Best Day Out in Ireland 2015 - #bestdayout . Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly.
The Best Day Out in Ireland
  • Travel
  • April 18, 2015, 01:00

An ‘Irish Times’ competition is looking for the best ways to spend a day in Ireland – and we want your help. Here, ‘Irish Times’ w(...)

‘It is a very male-dominated environment and you need to be quite tough to come through it.’ Chef Dylan McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The yah-boo-sucks chippiness evident in his ongoing rows with Richard Corrigan recalls Roy Keane in his Saipan heyday, but these d(...)

‘Recent reforms of Freedom of Information legislation don’t go nearly far enough to reflect international best practice in opening up State-controlled databases to the public.’

Irish media have been slow to engage with data-driven projects. But that is changing

‘There seems to be an assumption in some quarters that if a child doesn’t get her sticky fingers all over her personal iPad before she knows how to spell her own name, she will be doomed for life, forever playing catch-up with her more tech-savvy peers.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘The idea that turning your young child into a super-user will give her an advantage over anyone else is akin to thinking that ma(...)

A car at the scene of a fatal crash last May in Fairview, Dublin. Photograph: Hugh Linehan/The Irish Times

Opinion: Is it merely ghoulish voyeurism or justified public interest?

Enterprising: Captain James T Kirk

There’s no reason to believe literacy is declining, Steven Pinker argues in his new book, ‘The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person(...)

Ted talker: Bill Gates. Photograph: Ryan Lash/Ted

Tomorrow, Newstalk begins broadcasting TED Talks, those stimulating speeches on arcane subjects that have become an online phenome(...)

‘This weekend, the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary had some provocative things to say during Mass at Croagh Patrick’s summit.’  Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Opinion: Ireland is highly unusual in still having a constitutional prohibition on blasphemy

“Strip away the modern accoutrements, and the production line involved in getting out a daily newspaper is essentially the same now as at the end of the 19th century.” Photograph: Getty Images

Print media must adapt to a new communications reality. There is nothing to fear in exploring this complex arena

Brett Meyers, chief executive of CurrencyFair, explains how he convinced  Sebastian Chabal to dress up as a fairy.

Tom Lyons is in the chair as our business journalists discuss the week’s big stories

“The loosening of copyright through the introduction of a broad range of ill-defined exceptions will inevitably lead to uncertainty and lack of clarity in our copyright legislation.”

The Copyright Review Committee’s report needs to be considered in the context of an EU-wide discussion

Max Mosley, the former head of Formula One racing.

Paris court rules search engine must block access to nine illegal sex images

“Irish people’s pathological obsession with property, is often intertwined with the worst sort of petty snobbery”. PHOTOGRAPH: ALAN BETSON

Apology did not say he had been factually incorrect

Pat Kenny kicked off his new show on Newstalk radio today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A good, solid start by the veteran broadcaster, but where are all the women?

Pat Kenny says an important factor in his decision to leave was RTÉ’s insistence that he should present Prime Time two nights a week, which he felt was a step backward from his role on The  Frontline.

Presenter says Newstalk approached him because station hinted he was available

As Pat Kenny begins his new radio show on Newstalk, he talks about what 41 years at RTÉ have taught him and says even his mistak(...)

Strangford Lough covers an area of 150sq km, yet it is seldom more than 10m deep. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

The series concludes with a boat trip around the Co Down sea inlet, often drawn but little-visited

Companies such as Twitter make much of their origins in hippie/libertarian philosophies. They are also rather keen on ’light-touch’ regulation.

The social networking site will need to do more to prove it takes abuse seriously

We’ve listened to what you’ve had to say and we’re taking action

The Seanad chamber at Leinster House. There is a rather queasy line of inheritance that
which
 runs from 1930s corporatism through 1990s social partnership to contemporary identity politics.

If the Dáil is so dysfunctional, why don’t we reform it instead?

Novelist Roddy Doyle blamed the Irish secondary school system for causing the groupthink which was the reason “the country was now “f****ed”. Photograph: Jacob Blickenstaff

Media Future event features strong contribution from novelist Roddy Doyle

Spanish Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca

El Celler de Can Roca was voted the world’s best in a Restaurant magazine poll. Does it live up to the hype?

The new Irish Times website. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The online editor on redesigning irishtimes.com and differentiating it from the printed newspaper

As the ‘Guardian’ newspaper throws itself into the digital age, its editor, Alan Rusbridger, shares his views on print journalism…

In recent months, Ireland’s standing army of pundits, weary perhaps of circumnavigating the same five subjects in ever-decreasing…

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Santa Claus is already filling the sleigh for his busiest night of the year

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