‘Algorithms may be good at crunching numbers and putting them in some kind of context, but journalists are good at asking annoying questions.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Here’s a question to test your knowledge of Leaving Cert English: who wrote the following poem?   Sing sweetly of battle-borne ages, (...)

Delicious diet: ‘Dinner will be a full-blooded, creamy shepherd’s pie.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m on a diet. I’ve just polished off a piece of a carrot cake and a (non-fat) latte. Lunch will be a poached egg and toast, and dinner will be a full(...)

Dave Goldberg: he changed nappies, did laundry and spent time with his wife and children every day. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Dave Goldberg, a 47-year-old tech entrepreneur, chief executive of the online polling firm Survey Monkey and a father of two, died suddenly on May (...)

A married couple from Brooklyn advocating for marriage equality outside the US supreme court. Photograph: Johnny Bivera/AFP/Getty Images

The latest salvo in the debate over marriage equality in the US is nothing if not inventive. A brief filed by a group of 100 lawyers and university(...)

Lululemon’s clothing has become, in certain circles, more sought-after than Chanel. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

I’m in Starbucks, looking at a perfectly formed bottom. I don’t mean to look, but it’s right there in front of me, pert and peachy in black Lycra t(...)

‘Eamonn Lillis’s crime was horrific, and there is a genuine public interest in the subject of his release after a sentence of just five years and two months.’ Above, Lillis leaving Wheatfield Prison. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If you’ve been paying any attention to the Irish media over the past couple of weeks, you’ll have learned a lot about what middle-aged men get up to a(...)

A worker in California installs a section of artificial lawn, a water-saving alternative to traditional lawns. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There are some advantages to living in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in Californian history. There’s the weather for a start; do(...)

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers bakery leaving Laganside Court in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

Spare a thought for the beleaguered bakers and the offended florists. From Northern Ireland to the US states of Indiana and Arkansas, the Christian(...)

The Commitments: ‘The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin’

The choice for this year’s Dublin: One City, One Book initiative, which encourages everyone to read a particular book connected with the capital in(...)

If newsworthiness is that hard to define quality that makes a story worth telling, what was it about Elaine O’Hara that deemed her so much less newsworthy than other Irish women who have disappeared?

In the end, there was little relief at the guilty verdict in the trial of Graham Dwyer – whatever relief there might have been was reserved for the co(...)