‘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. The abuse is not deliberate, it is not intentionally malevolent, perhaps it is not even conscious. But it is not a(...)

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

The year 1926 was the 10th anniversary of the Easter Rising, an event whose sacred status had been reinforced by the way its memory brought togethe(...)

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

On the night of September 16th, 1938, a man called Erwin Strunz received a phone call at his flat in Vienna. The caller, a friend who had joined the N(...)

‘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

The most important political party for Irish people right now is not Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin. It is Syriza, the Greek left-wing oppositi(...)

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

Imagine an attempt to ban the veneration of the Prophet Muhammad. Go further and imagine a plan to level his tomb in Medina, the second holiest sit(...)

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

The publisher George G Harrap described his first meeting with Harry Clarke in 1913: “He came into my room late in the afternoon, slim, pale and youth(...)

‘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

Reboot Ireland won out as the temporary name for Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs’s new political party over the proposed alternative, which was Have(...)

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

In October 1923 the Irish Times reviewed an art exhibition mounted by the Society of Dublin Painters. The anonymous critic confessed to being puzzled (...)

Illustration: Oscar Scotellaro/Getty

Here is a modest proposal for something Irish artists should do in 2015: shut up, go dark, get off the stage. It is time for a national arts strike – (...)

A protester holds a Tricolour aloft outside Government Buildings as the Cabinet discussed a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

How do you bury bad news? Get it out in the dark, slumped-down days between Christmas and New Year when nobody is paying attention. Who noticed that, (...)