Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, has taken personal responsibility for the social media website’s problems in dealing with abuse reported by users. Photograph: Getty

Twitter’s chief executive has taken personal responsibility for the social media website’s problems in dealing with abuse reported by users. The ackno(...)

Dacia Maraini: ‘With a classic you can be always sure: if a novel has survived many generations, it means that it has some qualities that don’t die with the death of the author.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?The first book, which was not yet a book, because we didn’t have books in the Japanese concentrat(...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

From left, Blackrock College’s motto is Fides et Robur (faith and fortitude); Belvedere’s is Per Vias Rectas (By straight paths); and Presentation Brothers College Cork’s is Viriliter age (Act manfully).  What does that tell us about the schools?

School patrons are given considerable powers in legislation to protect the ethos of their schools. Admissions policies can be designed to protect t(...)

Discover Mongolia on horseback on a 14-day trek through the steppes

Iceland Ride across a glacier on an Icelandic pony, then relax in a natural volcanic hot spring. Icelandic ponies are a breed apart, with(...)

Never sit easy with a fellow who doesn’t like dogs, beer or Charles Dickens. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

’Tis the season to write columns that get on board with the Christmas spirit or urge a rejection of all things Yule. You know the sort of thing. Why m(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

British Labour MP Stella Creasy. Peter Nunn, from Emersons Green, Bristol, has been jailed for 18 weeks at City of London Magistrates’ Court for bombarding her with abusive messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on the £10 note. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

The Labour MP for London’s Walthamstow spoke of how she feared for her safety as a Twitter troll was jailed for 18 weeks for bombarding her with abusi(...)