‘The contest to run the fourth largest city in the US has pitted President Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, against an opponent not from the Republican Party, but a Democrat on his left, in an election that has been about austerity and cutbacks with parallels to the remarkable victory of of radical community activist Bill de Blasio in New York in 2013.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Jim Young

His opponent has dubbed him “Mayor 1 per cent”, the candidate of the rich, and the tag has stuck. The approval rating of Democratic Chicago mayor Rahm(...)

Rare image: 15-year-old Kevin Barry playing for his school, Belvedere College, in the 1917 Leinster Schools Rugby Cup

A newly discovered photograph of Kevin Barry, published today for the first time, shows the 15-year-old schoolboy playing rugby at Lansdowne Ro(...)