Colm Tóibín, after winning the 2010 Irish PEN Award for contribution to Irish Literature. Photograph: Alan Betson

Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brookly(...)

Former  acting attorney general Sally  Yates: her stance was a good example of how actors in the constitutional structure of the US are allowed push back against a president’s executive orders. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Getty

With the election of Donald Trump, the resilience of the constitutional structures governing the US looks set to be put to the test. The president’s (...)

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order to impose tighter vetting of travellers entering the United States on Friday in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump fought back on Sunday amid growing international criticism, outrage from civil rights activists and legal challenges over h(...)

Protesters outside Trump Tower in New York on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Alba Vigaray

A large demonstration will take place in Washington on Saturday when some 200,000 people are expected to join the Washington Women’s March. More than(...)

All-American pastime: “Revered in the place of honour in the home, television reassured families that they were safe. A sitcom would solve an invented crisis within half an hour.”

“At the tone, it’s 8pm, B-U-L-O-V-A Bulova Watch Time.” Thus in 1926, the world’s first radio advertisement grabbed attention. Bulova (now owned by (...)

 Meryl Streep: “Disrespect invites disrespect.”  Photograph: EPA/HFPA

Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to criticise US president-elect Donald Trump fo(...)

Michael Londra: ‘Growing up, the opera festival was a huge influence.’

Wexford tenor Michael Londra has made a name for himself in the United States since moving there to perform with Riverdance, garnering two Emmy-nomin(...)

Poet John Montague. Photograph Paddy Whelan

The life and work of the late John Montague was celebrated by family and friends at a funeral service in Dublin on Wednesday. The 87-year-old poet, (...)

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

The President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the poet, John Montague, who has died in France, aged 87. He died early on Saturday morning in th(...)

The poet John Montague who has died in France. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The remains of the Irish poet John Montague, who died in Nice early on Saturday, will be flown from Nice to Dublin in the coming days , his widow and (...)