Knowledge economy: dlr LexIcon library – pictured before its books arrived – shows how a modern public library can be a place of exploration, play, performance and creativity. Photograph: Alan Betson

Futurologists predicted that libraries would have closed by now, but they have a key role to play in the knowledge economy

Building site: workmen lay concrete at the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street, 1926-7. Photograph: Dartmouth Building Works Collection/courtesy Irish Architectural Archive

After the 1916 Rising it took just 11 years to reconstruct O’Connell Street – a year less than the Luas Cross City line – but the (...)

Preservation challenge: Delegates from the world’s foremost audio-visual archives will come to Dublin for a two-day conference, Archiving Tomorrow 2016, co-hosted by RTÉ Archives and the Digital Repository of Ireland. Photograph: Getty

‘Urgent intervention’ required to preserve the world’s film and sound recordings

Marie Heaney (wife of the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney) and her granddaughters Aibhin (eight) and Anna Rose (nine)  Seamus Heaney HomePlace a new arts and literary centre which will mark the poet’s life and work in Bellaghy, Co Derry.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan.

Initiative in Bellaghy celebrates Nobel laureate in town where he spent formative years

Nicky Byrne performing Sunlight in the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Photograph: Andres Poveda

From Georgian rockers to Norwegian ice queens, plenty of variety in second semi-final

Johnny Murphy as Estragon on the stage of the Gate Theatre  during rehearsals for Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot in 2002. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Project includes hundreds of videos, scripts and programmes

Many companies block access to sites such as YouTube and Facebook from office PCs, but this is fast becoming irrelevant, with the vast majority of traffic to social-media platforms now coming via mobile apps. Photograph: Getty Images

Men spend more time than women on social media at work

 Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys  with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving her seal of office. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

More than 5,000 sign online petition protesting new ministerial brief

Gerry Adams apologised for “silly and stupid” mistake on Twitter, but also said he had been “paralleling the experiences of the Irish, not just in recent times but through the penal days when the Irish were sold as slaves, through the Cromwellian period”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Understanding of 17th century history is inaccurate and fuels racist agenda, say critics

Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song ‘You Are The Only One’ during the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonathan  Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.

Hugh Linehan: Swedish hosts show Common European Sense of Humour show has failed

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president’s retreat from incendiary tweets exposes an underlying anxiety

WB Yeats’s Nobel Prize in Literature medal has been donated to the National Library of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Poet was awarded literature prize in 1923 for ‘giving expression to spirit of a whole nation’

Poet Paddy Bushe, sculptor Imogen Stuart and painter Maria Simmonds-Gooding  at the Aosdána general assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Group calls for new protections for heritage sites following Disney’s use of Skellig Michael

 Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.The success of the hit HBO series  has propelled the North into the international spotlight as a filming location.

Millions of people will watch ’Game of Thrones’ on Sky, but many more will stream or download it illegally

Any old silver? Hiberno Norse silver penny showing Sithrick of Dublin, minted circa 995-1020. Photograph: Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

World-Tree Project aims to assemble world’s biggest digital archive of Norse culture

Prince performs alongside Tom Petty after at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. Photograph: Getty Images

Death of tiny collossus at aged 57 leaves music world and industry in shock

Prince performing in March  2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for

The US singer was a driven perfectionist whose creative output was staggering

Noel Curran at Dublin City University: he noted that three consecutive recommendations by the BAI that RTÉ’s public funding should be increased have been ignored. Photograph: Eric Luke

Outgoing DG says broadcaster unable to solve ‘structural’ problems on its own

Lois Kapila: the  managing editorer of the Dublin Inquirer wants to produce ‘a local publication that is recognisably Dublin, and is a space for quality local journalism’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Newspaper will be sold through retail outlets and vending machines for €3

Golfer Nick Faldo, director Pedro Almodóvar, actor Jackie Chan and impresario Simon Cowell are among the celebrities linked with the Panama Papers

Irish Times among more than 100 partners collaborating on vast whistleblower project

The view from Hawkins House, Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A cluster of the city’s most despised structures is likely to be demolished. Should we care?

Michaella McCollum Connolly (23)  pictured in Peru talking to RTÉ. Photograph: Trevor Birney/RTÉ/ Press Eye.

Analysis: Drug smuggler’s first TV interview since leaving Peru prison was soft

The project to sell off part of the Montrose campus to fund investment is under way. Photograph: Alan Betson

New director-general faces major challenges as broadcasting landscape changes fundamentally

Dee Forbes. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

CV includes high-ranking management positions with some of biggest names in international TV industry

You don’t really need a dedicated box to do any of this.

From Netflix and YouTube to Amazon Prime and Apple TV, Hugh Linehan asks is this the end of television as we know it?

President Micheal D. Higgins and his wife Sabina chat to Siptu Members, dressed as members of the Irish Citizen Army, at the Ceremonial event for the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly, Liberty Hall. Photograph: Maxwell

Social transformation proposed by Connolly ‘staunchly opposed’ by many nationalists

Some of Ireland’s best known singers, musicians and performers – including Imelda May and Gavin James – came together for ‘Centenary’,  which told the story of modern Ireland through music, dance and song. The show was broadcast live from Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on RTÉ One on Easter Monday.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

1916 commemoration production found its stride with some haunting performances

RTÉ Reflecting the Rising: A re-enactment of the Rising in St Stephen’s Green on Easter Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

MacBride, Connolly and Pearse now and in time to be – wherever the green is worn

On Parnell Street during RTÉ’s Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016: a free family event in Dublin with an enormous variety of activites. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From Smithfield to Merrion Square in Dublin it was all food stalls and Luas tracks

 President Higgins lays a wreath in the Stonebreakers’ yard in Kilmainham Gaol where 15 rebels were executed in 1916. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

President, Taoiseach, political leaders and relatives gather to pay respects in Kilmainham Gaol

 President Éamon de Valera speaks  at the Garden of Rememberance on Easter Sunday 1966 during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising

The golden jubilee commemorations were dominated by veterans, the Catholic Church was prominent and some guests were locked out

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Theatre project will mark Rising centenary with production in Kilmainham Gaol

Simon Coveney’s tweet of 2010 after the then taoiseach’s Morning Ireland performance

In mainstream media sneers about ‘twits’ and ‘twittering’ are a thing of the past

Easter Rising: part of GPO: Witness History. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Three high-profile Easter Rising exhibitions, at the GPO, the National Museum and the Ambassador, take different approaches, with (...)

Night lights at Malin Head in Co Donegal

Irish Film Board welcomes plans to shoot along ‘some of our most spectacular locations along the Wild Atlantic Way’

Lancers charge on O’Connell Street for RTÉ’s 1966 series  ‘Insurrection’.

RTÉ’s flagship Easter Rising series is being reshown for the first time in 50 years

The 1916 banner at College Green Bank of Ireland featuring Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond

Grattan, O’Connell, Parnell and Redmond ’as much a part of the historical narrative as anyone else’

The 1916 banners at College Green Bank of Ireland, with images of Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, and John Redmond, who described the Rising as ’wicked and insane’

College Green display commemorates 1916 by honouring men who did not take part

Email’s roots in the open web culture of the early internet mean it remains the only truly open system. Illustration Lisa-Blue/e+/Getty

The late Ray Tomlinson founded a technology that’s great for sexually dissatisfied Hungarian farmers with multiple bank accounts. (...)

The Beatles and George Martin in Abbey Road Studios. “He was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know,” said Paul McCartney

All the evidence shows the ‘fifth Beatle’ title was well-deserved

Controlled  explosion of the remains of Nelson’s Pillar in the small hours of March 14th, 1966. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Republicans blew up the city’s most famous landmark 50 years ago this week

A Labour supporter keeps an eye on the Dublin Bay North recount. Some would argue that Labour is no longer even a “left” party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Characterisations of the election result as groundbreaking do not reflect reality

 Mars  recalled  chocolate products in 55 countries after the discovery of  plastic in a bar produced in a company plant in Holland. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Someone in Germany finds plastic in a Snickers bar, and Mars incinerates mountains of blameless confectionary. Overreaction or sen(...)

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election escapades of Joan, Enda and pals

A doctored Ged Nash roadside poster on the Ballymakenny Road in Drogheda to make sure Senator Mary Moran gets a mention.

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election

ActorJohnny Murphy, pictured at the funeral service for Mick Lally in 2010, has died. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Actor played Estragon in the long-running Gate Theatre production of ‘Waiting for Godot’

The pick of Hairy Baby’s  bunch of election T-shirts is the special election edition of its Irish Whingers Association shirt (Castlebar branch). We fully expect to see the Taoiseach wearing one at the count on Saturday.

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election

We translate jargon so you don’t have to

Paul Howard, the voice behind  Ross O’Carroll-Kelly

The Irish accent is changing fast: the ‘Dort accent’ has been replaced by upspeak and ‘globish’ inflections. At the forefront of t(...)

Tweeted by the AAA’s Paul Murphy, he  scored a more palpable hit  with this  picture of Enda and Joan as guitar-wielding members of Status Quo.

Still a week to go, but some people’s thoughts are turning already to the Seanad elections

Dublin Bay South candidate Eoin Tierney has produced a series of attractive animal-themed posters.

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election

A still from Michael Healy-Rae’s campaign video. Photograph: YouTube/Michael Healy-Rae TD

No expense has been spared in videos; some budgets may even have run into two figures

Stephen Donnelly TD gained more new followers than all the other leaders combined during Monday night’s Leaders’ Debate. Photograph: Oisin McHugh, FusionShooters.

While Stephen Donnelly motors nicely along, the Social Democrats website crashes, twice

A canine candidate in Finglas, where Dogs Trust launched its election manifesto. Photograph: Fran Veale

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election

A press release from Facebook this week “revealed” that Fine Gael has been the most discussed political party.

Hugh Linehan takes a sideways look at the election

The last issue of the Independent is expected to be published on March 26th, with the last issue of the Independent on Sunday on March 20th.

Website will continue but it is unclear how many of the 150 journalists will keep jobs

It’s just a spoof site, featuring Denis O’Brien and Enda Kennedy, but it’s all very professionally done and many people have been fooled

Spoof websites keep the electorate guessing

Simon Harris is braving the inevitable gags about babies (and worse), by handing out wet wipes to voters in his Wicklow constituency

A sideways look at the election

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
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 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

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