Canadian author, journalist and social activist Naomi Klein: “We are in this period of this profound social fragmentation and one of the things that this framework gives us is a sense of common purpose.” Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

The author argues for a radical, anti-capitalist green new deal solution to climate challenge

The 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon was marked this year

Historical and popular culture landmarks offer valuable opportunities to reflect on events

The interesting novel to write about Brexit would be from the point of view of Leave. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

The notion of ‘culture’ has been complicated and diluted by its co-option for so many uses

Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

I naively thought Netflix would mean the world’s best films and TV at your fingertips

Donald Trump: ‘We’re in a constant state of shock that all of these norms are being broken,’ Maureen Dowd says. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist on turmoil in Washington and thriving journalism

Writer Paul Howard and the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly statue. Howard’s latest comic novel, Schmidt Happens, is in bookshops on August 29th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The SoCoDu rugby-loving idiot savant does not translate internationally. That’s a good thing

Toni Morrison:  RTÉ’s Radio 1’s culture programme Arena discussed her life and work, with contributions from Anne Enright and Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Lee Romero/The New York Times

Government must face new realities when replacing TV licence with broadcasting charge

Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

The protest singer tells the Irish Times politics podcast punk was about solidarity, not Brexit-style masochsim

The Wizard of Oz: an authorless masterpiece. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

The reality of creative control is increasingly muddy in what is a large team sport

Andrew Breitbart speaks at  Tea Party rally in 2010. Photograph  Ethan Miller/Getty

Newly emboldened social conservative in age of Trump seek to roll back recent change

In black and white: ‘I do not think an idea has ever crossed Donald Trump’s mind. This is elemental,’ Michael Wolff says. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff goes back inside the White House in his new book

Toy Story: the four films must be among the greatest cinematic achievements of contemporary Hollywood

One is cinema that blurs into TV, the other TV that blurs into cinema. Both are brilliant

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Josepha Madigan, Paschal Donohoe and Richard Bruton at St Laurence O’Toole school in Dublin city for the launch of Creative Youth. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Children from all backgrounds could benefit from music, drama and art in every school

Book lovers  waiting to enter the Secret Garden venue at last year’s  Dalkey Book Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The growth of spoken-word festivals reflects our hunger for real-life experiences

Jacob Rees-Mogg: his book on 12 Victorians   is described  as “a dozen clumsily written pompous schoolboy compositions”. Photograph: Bloomberg

When writing a real stinker of a review once defamation laws are not breached then every insult and rhetorical flourish should be (...)

Family: Ballymun was chosen ‘because it’s an internationally recognisable landscape’ for a story that could happen in any city

We hear about TV’s current Golden Age but Family was as great as anything today

There’s a dispiriting cookie-cutter feel to radio’s book segments. Photograph: iStock

BBC’s cost-cutting instruction to staff not to read books reveals the shallowness of media

Bob Woodward: ‘I think there’s a lot of pomposity, particularly on television’. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump has adopted Nixon’s Watergate strategy, says the veteran Washington reporter

Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh in Beginning by David Eldridge at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The intermission - or interval to you and me - is a threatened species in theatre and an extinct one in cinema

Madonna: the singer has entered a culture war about what pro-Palestinian advocates refer to as ‘apartheid Israel’

The singer faces calls to boycott next month’s contest. But it is impervious to politics

Douglas Kennedy: The Great Wide Open takes in the Nixon/Ford/Carter/Reagan years, with walk-on parts from Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly

Douglas Kennedy’s time living in Ireland – where he managed the Peacock theatre and wrote for ‘The Irish Times’ – feeds into his n(...)

Radical right: Deporah Lipstadt sees little new in the chants in Charlottesville  in 2017. Photograph: Edu Bayer/NYT

Deborah Lipstadt: Anti-Semitism is still with us but not taken seriously in politics

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards judges Paula Shields (centre), Catriona Crowe (second from right) and Ella Daly (far right) with, from far left, Gerard McNaughton and Ruth McCarthy of Tilestyle. Photograph: Tom Honan

Controversial co-productions boost national theatre’s tally

March of time: winter and summer clock changing may soon be a thing of the past.

Ready for 4am June dawns, 10ams in December and resetting at the Border?

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

Bernard Loughlin ran artists’ retreat at Annaghmakerrig in Co Monaghan for 18 years

Warm relationship: Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July. Photograph: Doug Mills/NYT

In ‘House of Trump, House of Putin’ Craig Unger claims the US leader is a Russian agent

Aretha Franklin on The Andy Williams Show in 1969. Her influence can clearly be heard in successful contemporary acts such as Adele and Beyoncé. Photograph:   Getty Images

The singer (76), who has died at her Detroit home, made life-affirming soul music

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

As always, Kilkenny’s strong musical tradition is paramount

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

Opera version of the ‘Odyssey’ and an open-air Shakespeare production will run in August

Seeing Red, by Taffina Flood, on the shortlist for the 2018 RCSI Art Award, in association with The Irish Times and the RHA Annual Exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Award comes with prize of €5,000 and commission worth €10,000

Sheila Pratschke has now dealt with three ministers and has shown herself unafraid to wade into the fray when necessary. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘I’m the person who should speak out ... I did what I thought was right’

Project seeks subjects that ‘capture the zeitgeist’ of the country

Irish dancers at the 41st World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A poll reveals Ireland’s attitudes to the issue ahead of European Year of Cultural Heritage

The Abbey Theatre will receive €7 million for its 2018 programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Decisions on grants totalling €28.4 million made by council for 2018

Labour MP Anna Soubry: one of several MPs who have received violent threats on Twitter. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

House of Commons committee cites violent threats against MPs on social media service

The worst shirt in the world, which is following Hugh Linehan around the internet.

The Worst Shirt in the World proves online algorithms are not as smart as we think

Built in 1959, Croke Villas in Dublin’s north inner city had been mostly vacant for the past decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

There’s a danger that quick-fix ‘solutions’ to the housing crisis will create new problems

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan, and Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport at the inaugural Creative Ireland Forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell

Taoiseach reaffirms commitment to doubling expenditure on arts, culture and sport

Ireland should amend its defamation laws in order to strengthen protections for freedom of expression in the press, the board of the international representative body for newspapers has said.

Extraordinarily high damages threaten ’very existence’ of newspapers, WAN-IFRA says

  RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: ‘Respect for each other both within RTÉ and with those we work with externally is a very important value for me and for the organisation.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Director-general says employees should feel they work in ‘safe and supportive’ environment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Josepha Madigan,  Richard Bruton and Paschal Donohoe at  St Laurence O’Toole’s Girls National school in  Seville Place, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Creative Youth’ plan to give every child access to cultural expression by 2022

Art and motion: Luas passed the Abbey Theatre.

What effect will the new line have on the arts and creativity in Dublin?

Orlaith McBride, the director of the Arts Council,  has told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht that she rejects an inference of conflict of interest . File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

McBride tells committee association with ex-Gate director ‘no different’ from others in arts world

During the US election, thousands of Russian-linked bots posted anti-Hillary Clinton tweets seconds apart in alphabetical order of their made-up names, according to a New York Times report. Photograph: Reuters

Government’s strategic communications unit targeted in Fianna Fail legislation

The words of Amhrán na bhFiann are displayed on a screen at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Questions about copyright raised by Senator following Paul Galvin Dunnes Stores ad

The report proposes transferring responsibility for collection of the TV licence fee from An Post to Revenue. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee calls for significant changes in funding of public service media

Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council: said she just wanted to set the record straight. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council’s director questioned at committee about friendship with Michael Colgan

RTÉ:  Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast said Kieran Mulvey’s review failed to provide a clear gender profile of RTÉ, including the different types of employment contracts or a breakdown of part-time/full-time staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Queen’s University Belfast academic says review fails to give clear RTÉ gender profile

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general, enters the courtroom in The Hague today to hear the verdict from the United Nations war crimes tribunal. He  was convicted of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Photograph:  Peter Dejong/Pool via New York Times

Two Bosnians living in Ireland react to Serb general’s conviction at UN court

Sarah McInerney was only shifted to her current Saturday 8am slot in August, when the Drivetime current affairs programme she co-presented with Chris Donoghue was axed to make way for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Maxwells

Presenter is latest in a spate of recent departures from radio group Communicorp

Al Porter resigned from Today FM after allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Video saying ‘Deal With It’ sent to comedian who says he was groped by Al Porter in 2014

Tech companies have focused on clamping down on politically motivated disinformation. Facebook has a label for “disputed” stories and has introduced some independent fact-checking processes.  Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

A lack of transparency enables external third parties to use social media to sway opinion

 Eleanor McEvoy, Steve Wall  and Victor Finn at the launch of a new report for the IMRO. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

IMRO calls for new EU legislation to ensure proper remuneration for music creators

SVP Christmas appeal: children from St Margaret’s National School, in Co Dublin,  perform at launch of the charity’s annual appeal by Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kieran Stafford of SVP rejects criticism of giving food to rough sleepers

Bob Geldof with Independent councillor Mannix Flynn  at Dublin City Hall where he returned his freedom of the city award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Musician defends keeping his knighthood, describing criticism as ‘typical Sinn Féin’

Kevin Dawson, who has died aged 57, ‘played a very important role in the development of public service media with RTÉ’

Dawson, who had a 35-year career in print and broadcast journalism, suffered from motor neurone disease

Students from Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Harry Sandys, Conor McCarthy, Catherine Orr, Alex Hogan and Aisling Adair, at Dublin’s Pearse Street Library for the announcement of major funding for public libraries, by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister adamant there will be no cuts in staff numbers due to out-of-hours technology

Paul Murphy: Solidarity TD had appealed initial decision to the Press Council on the grounds that new information had become available and there had been an error in the Ombudsman’s application of the principles of the code of practice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

TD had complained ‘Irish Times’ article by Miriam Lord an ‘inaccurate summation’ of Jobstown protest

Michael Colgan: allegations have been made by several women of bullying and inappropriate behaviour by the former director of the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gaye Cunningham will contact women who have spoken out about their experiences

Theatre-maker Grace Dyas called on those who were on the Gate Theatre’s board at the same time as Michael Colgan to step down. Photograph: Alan Betson

Humphreys aims to facilitate industry-wide consultation on abuse of power in arts

US-American historian Timothy Snyder:  Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin never acknowledge lies. “They don’t believe that there is actually a truth out there. [They] crowd factuality out of the public sphere . . . You call the journalists the liars and then it’s in that confusion that you govern.”  Photograph:Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images

Timothy Snyder traces our terrifying new totalitarianism to blurring of fact and fiction

Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien: minister in the 1973-1977 coalition government, an editor-in-chief of the ‘Observer’ in the 1980s and an elected unionist politician in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician, writer and diplomat discussed on centenary of his birth

The  Gate Theatre is to appoint an independent professional adviser to deal with allegations of sexual harassment

Varadkar backs Gate Theatre’s move to address sexual harassment claims

 Irish Times journalists won seven awards at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards. From left: Patrick Freyne;  Ciara Kenny; Ruadhan Mac Cormaic;  Malachy Clerkin;  Conor Lally; David Labanyi and  Fintan O’Toole, Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Newspaper wins most 2017 NewsBrands Journalist of the Year awards of any title

RTÉ: An independent review has highlighted its need for a more transparent culture, a more streamlined grading structure, positive discrimination and widening the recruitment profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

NUJ criticises scope of review as ‘missed opportunity’ overlooking pay extremes

Rocky Ros Muc joins four other Irish films on the 170-long list.  Photograph: Getty Images.

Story of Connemara boxer becomes first Irish-language film to be considered for Academy Awards

Willie White of the Dublin Theatre Festival: asked whether he was aware of any similar allegations of abusive behaviour in the Irish theatre world, he said: “I simply don’t know.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Directors of Abbey and Gate and Druid among those committed to challenging ‘unacceptable behaviour’

RTÉ presenters  David McCullagh, Tommie Gorman, Ingrid Miley and Des Cahill at the launch at the National Library of Ireland of the RTÉ Archives – a major  collection  of RTÉ News coverage from 1985  to  1999.  Photograph: Sam Boal/

RTÉ focuses on 1985-1999 videotape era as primary focus of major digitisation project

 Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry will present RTÉ Six One News, starting in January

All the main news anchors on RTÉ One will be women following reshuffle

The cortege makes its way to the church followed by family and friends at the funeral of Eamonn Campbell. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Late musician’s favourite saying was ‘They won’t stop me singing till they put me in the ground’

Prison drama: inmates watch David Ganly in Sebastian Barry’s On Blueberry Hill at Mountjoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fishamble stages ‘On Blueberry Hill’ in ‘mansion by the Royal Canal’

Exterior of the Communicorp building, at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Authority confirms it is to request clarification from the radio group over the move

Mary Robinson: respondents’ most admired living Irish people, apart from their own family members,  were the former president, also Bono and Liam Neeson, followed by Gerry Adams and Conor McGregor. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Seven out of 10 surveyed said they would be interested in getting an Irish passport

Dr Ciara Kelly’s appointment means that Newstalk’s weekday roster is no longer exclusively male, an imbalance which has been the subject of criticism in the weeks since the controversy erupted over Hook’s comments.

New show, ‘Lunchtime Live’, will commence next Monday

Bill Clinton speaking at DCU, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former US president decries nationalistic tendencies in a world that’s ‘back in the soup’

Stores closed on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Monday. The mood of the few people who are about seems to be of befuddlement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eerie quiet in city centre as shops close and Ophelia howls down empty Grafton Street

Press Council chair Seán Donlon: more than 50 per cent of Irish people now receive their news via social media, Mr Donlon told a meeting of the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Press Council chair calls on Government to ‘get on’ with review of Defamation Act

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

Annual awards celebrate quality original journalism in national newspapers

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Spending promises for arts fail to materialise in budget

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Laura Hutton/File/Collins

Campaigners compare Taoiseach’s promise unfavourably with Justin Trudeau’s actions

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

Removing cap on pensioners’ free TV licences on cash-strapped broadcaster’s wishlist

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Ban imposed due to ‘vile comments’ in Fintan O’Toole column, says Communicorp chief

NUJ general secretary for Ireland Seamus Dooley said there was a  serious problem with media ownership in Ireland.

Seamus Dooley: a case of ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Communicorp ban follows rejection of demand for Fintan O’Toole article to be retracted

Sean Rainbird, left, director of the National Gallery of Ireland with curators Maire Bourke and Brendan Rooney at the announcement of upcoming exhibitions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gallery on track to record one million visitors following successful Vermeer exhibition

The Abortion Rights Campaign after a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Ireland’s Big Decision’ examines the tensions that are evident as a referendum looms

Michael O’Leary with chairman David Bonderman and Kyran McLaughlin at Ryanair’s agm. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Ryanair chief says the airline will win back people’s faith, and pilots do not want to be unionised

 Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New exhibition in Kilmainham Gaol tells the story from Thomas Ashe to Bobby Sands

Liz Harper from Dublin visiting the Grand Lodge room at the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

It started small, but this year it will take in more than 3,000 events across Ireland

New co-hosts Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates

Matt Cooper takes the lead on questions, with Ivan Yates confining himself to asides

George Hook: Newstalk suspended the radio host after his comments about rape. Photograph: Newstalk

Newstalk, ‘haemorrhaging money’, has called time on its biggest star

Newstalk tweeted just after 9am on Friday that George Hook had been suspended from all duties and that the process arising from his comments last week about rape and responsibility would continue. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision to suspend presenter followed intense discussions

George Hook photographed in Newstalk’s studios in 2003. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Presenters came and went at Newstalk, but Hook has remained ever-present

Broadcaster George Hook in his Newstalk studio

Newstalk sends Tweet announcing Hook suspension

Dil Wickremasinghe: ‘I was appalled and disgusted by the comments made by George Hook.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fellow Newstalk presenter goes off-air in protest at rape remarks

The Rileys – survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh, Co Cork. Meet Annie and Edward Riley, and their twins, Sutcliffe and Ethel. Photograph: AH Poole

Members of the public helped unpick the National Library’s image collection on Flickr

George Hook.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Programme producers are told not to use 'Irish Times' journalists as contributors

A number of staff at Newstalk have signed a letter calling on management at the station to remove broadcaster George Hook from its airwaves. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Radio station’s employees sign letter denouncing broadcaster after rape comments

George Hook: I should never have made the comments

Hook asked: ‘Is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?’

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