Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty

Democratic presidential hopeful's zinger last week, an example of punching down, was a worrying strategic fumble

Sabine Dargent

Life Lessons: Sabine Dargent, set designer

O’Neill was pretty resolute about the reality of clubbing in Dublin at the time. While he didn’t give evidence in court, he told gardaí in his statement, “if there were no ecstasy there would be no rave discos. If there were no rave discos there would be no ecstasy”. 

From the archive, 1994: Five undercover gardaí were offered drugs on entrance to Asylum nightclub

RuPaul. Photograph: Michelle Groskopf/The New York Time

RuPaul and Bonnie Greer are up, Facebook ads and arguing about The Joker are down

Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney at O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin, in 2016. “What was once public housing was earmarked for ‘redevelopment’... and now just 30% will be public housing.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Government has failed so badly on solving crisis that it is moving the goalposts

Owen Roe receives a Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in March, 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Life Lessons: The big change is the overwhelming love you feel for your child, it’s something you only fully understand when it hi(...)

A skater at the board park in Co Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

From the archive: The skateboarding craze took up a number of column inches in the late 70s

Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch film is a big letdown but we love Ikea blue cheese and fake fur coats

Volunteers tied  ribbons around trees due to be cut down for BusConnects on Merrion Road in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Una Mullally: Project needs to be balanced against risk to established neighbourhoods

Hilda Tweedy was chair of the Council for the Status of Women, established in 1973.

From the Archive: Proposals to remove Ireland from the National Council of Women of Great Britain and Ireland were met with resist(...)

  Lilly Singh: the boring bastion of late night US TV chat shows does something interesting. Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Lilly Singh and Jennifer Lopez are up; Justin Trudeau is down

‘Listen to everyone around you and always be willing to learn, unless it’s Boris Johnson.’ Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Life Lessons: No one teaches you how to raise children, but their love is the best drug in the world

We need to build social housing and affordable housing. But this Government has repeatedly signalled through its inaction  that it is ideologically opposed to building housing for its people. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State could provide social housing if likes of Apple, Google and Facebook paid full tax

John King of Claregalway. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Times We Lived In: Published October 8th, 1924

Fewer doughnuts, more beignets please

Amanda Palmer and beignets are up, but we’re asking, who needs Avozillas?

‘When we started making Extra Ordinary, we wrote on a piece of paper “A film only we could make” with a sharpie and taped it on the wall in our office’

Life Lessons: Mike Ahern, co-director and co-writer of the film Extra Ordinary

The canaries in the coal mine have been screeching for some time. Photograph: iStock

If you thought 2019 was mad, bad and sad for Dublin's development, get ready for 2020

‘For a smart, charming young woman like Maeve Brennan, able to waltz her way into the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and the New Yorker, the choice between Ireland and exile cannot have required much agonising.’

From the archive: ‘Irish literature’s best-kept secret ... everyone should be reading her’

Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd star in State of the Union on BBC Two, Sundays. Photograph: BBC

Chris O’Dowd is great in a new BBC comedy series, but we’re feeling the autumn chill in our bones

The Bernard Shaw, Richmond St South, Dublin 2.A general view of The Bernard Shaw and Eatyard.Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The beauty of the rough-around-the-edges Dublin venue lays in its imperfections

YouTube: increasingly the ideas we are consuming are not chosen by us but for us, and often by algorithms that know more about what we will find compelling than our own minds do.

Recommendation algorithm can lead online viewers up the radicalisation pathway

Saint Sister: the Northern Irish singing duo are participating in Culture Night this month.

Life Lessons: Morgan MacIntyre, one half of singing duo Saint Sister, her biggest flaw, best advice and her motto for life

The contents of an American food parcel in December 1946. Photograph: Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images.

From the archive: Worth remembering wartime rations amid Brexit shortages fears

Joanne McNally: ‘I want them to laugh. Laugh, laugh, laugh. That’s all. I’m just a clown.’

The Dublin comedian, who was adopted, explores what’s in our DNA in her new show

Fans in the crowd for Kodaline on the main stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Brands and agencies need to realise that less is more as advertising hurts atmosphere

God Zone: “Recently the moment my life changed was when I stopped obsessing over doing it ‘big and bombastic’ and started embracing the nearby, normal and now

Life Lessons: Musician God Knows performs solo and as part of Rusangano Family

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage: The same people who scoff at the idea of him  getting into government are probably the ones who said Boris Johnson would never make it to the top. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Brexit Party is branding, communication and simplicity. Who cares about truth?

The comedian has come into her own in New York. She talks about her film Extra Ordinary

Zendaya as Rue Bennett in Euphoria. Photograph: HBO

Stradbally is up with Electric Picnic in full swing, Dancing with the Stars with Sean Spicer is down

Festivalgoers at Electric Picnic in 2005. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

From the Archive: ‘Despite the promises, the beer and toilet queues proved as frustrating as always’

E-scooters from scooter-sharing company Lime are seen on Berlin’s Friedrich Strasse  on July 26, 2019.  DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Image

Last thing Dublin needs is a scooter hire app

Paul Alwright, aka Lethal Dialect, is a rapper and actor from Dublin.

Life Lessons: Dublin rapper and actor Paul Alwright aka Lethal Dialect

The Instagram-friendly feature wooden tree, which is encircled with soft seating in Dublin's new €55 million Marlin hotel.

Much of capital’s contemporary aesthetic appears presided over by a colourblind aristocrat

There are 71 species of shark in Irish waters. Photograph: iStock

From the Archive: Angling expert Richard Burrows reported on the sport of shark-angling in his Irish Times column

Alarm clocks: get your phone out of the bedroom. Photograph: iStock

We're liking compostable bags in supermarkets and no-nonsense boots, but finding beige a bit... well, beige

In May 1969 St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, was causing a stir. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

When pressed, the priests-to-be admit that one day there could be a scandal

Colin Stafford-Johnson has worked on wildlife productions for networks including RTÉ and the BBC

Life Lessons: Colin Stafford-Johnson is an award-winning nature cameraman

WeWork chief executive Adam Neumann: a visionary, an operator and an innovator, as well as a community and culture creator, according to the office-rental company. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

WeWork IPO campaign exemplifies sector’s delusionally grandiose nebulousness

The Irish Times article on April 28th, 1943.

From the Archive: ‘Little girls stood at the windows of the burning building crying to be taken out’

Bryan O’Sullivan and his husband, James O’Neill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bryan O’Sullivan and James O’Neill’s projects include Ballynahinch Castle, where they recently wed

The beloved giant 3D squirrel on Tara Street in Dublin is no more. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Phone-box defibrillators are welcome on our streets, but we miss the art that’s removed

An original Fine Gael “Blueshirt” being prepared for auction in Dublin in 2007. Note “Fine Gael” badge on shirt at top right. “Fine Gael might not be on the same march as the American right wing, but we are existing at a moment where the danger of the rise of the right is acute.”  File photograph: PA Wire

We are existing at a moment where danger of the rise of the right is acute

Stranger Things: disappointing third season

Yes to George RR Martin visiting the IFI, but no to the underwhelming third season of Stranger Things

Mary Rusell began: ‘For the millions of emigrants who have settled elsewhere, home is a Celtic nirvana – frozen in a time warp of nostalgia.’

From the archive: What did returning emigrants make of Ireland in 1989?

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan sent a letter to her constituents, saying she had successfully intervened to prevent a ‘methadone clinic’ being developed at Ballinteer Health Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Declaring a victory over denying people healthcare is grotesque

Aisling Bea in This Way Up. Photograph: Adam Lawrence/Channel 4

She’s known for her fizzy wit, but loneliness pervades the comedian’s moving new series

The Mother Family, from left: Phil Boyle, Ruth Kavanagh, Lisa Connell, Cormac Cashman and Rocky T Delgado.

The two-day bash at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham promises a line-up that is really fun, really queer and really female-led

Kevin Barry’s novel Night Boat to Tangier has been longlisted for the Booker. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Yes to Kevin Barry's novel getting longlisted for the Booker but no to the new ‘diet’ Dairy Milk

Love Island contestant Maura Higgins. Photograph: Facebook

Study tracks cognitive and political consequences of exposure to tabloid television

By February 1986, it was clear that Ryanair was going to continue to grow. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

From the archive : ‘ Point to point, in comfort, for less’, read one

Taylor Swift in the trailer for the movie Cats

We love the Dublin Fringe Festival programme, but are tired of FaceApp pics of people looking old

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Just like Trump, Johnson's rise to high office is symptomatic of a wider malaise

 Dublin Flea Market  at Newmarket Square back in 2015. It was an exercise in community, creativity, entrepreneurship, friendship and fun. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Capital’s character is being killed by council of enforcement not facilitation

Saoirse Ronan on the cover of The Irish Times Magazine in September 2007.

The 25-year-old actor preserves all the wit, smarts, and decorum she displayed a decade previously

Annie Mac DJing at the Lost and Found festival, Malta. Photograph: Luke Dyson

Irish DJ is an architect of popular music, yet she is almost chronically down to earth

Head to Bray, Co Wicklow, this weekend for a chicken wing festival

A chicken-wing festival and Zara’s polka-dot dress are up, plastic on veggies is down

Shirley Manson of Garbage on stage at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Photograph:  Kieran Frost/Redferns

Review: 24 years after the multi-million-selling albums, Shirley Manson’s voice is note-perfect

Noel Whelan:  understood that a social revolution was happening in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

LGBT community will never forget support from straight man full of empathy and vision

As the summer football season heats up, let’s take a trip back to 1914 for the 27th All-Ireland Final

kd lang: ‘I never felt like I was misrepresenting my true nature.’ Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Singer kd lang on the impact of her breakthrough Ingénue 25 years on, being thrust into the spotlight and being a totem of LGBT cu(...)

Why are bars and events still using plastic glasses over compostable alternatives?

A Donegal cookbook is up, pricey Chinese food and plastic cups at festivals are down

An X-ray of a hand. Allianz Ireland reported 48 cases of suspected fraud to the Garda since June 2018, out of 5,000 claims. Photograph: Thomas Peter

If fraud is so rampant, why is the industry not reporting cases to gardaí?

Tyrone Guthrie: eventually made a full recovery from the hatchet job

Guthrie’s production of Hamlet was slated in The Irish Times in June 1950

Eating octopus: The more we learn about their intelligence, the less ethical cooking them is. Photograph: iStock

Tree-free toilet paper and the Galway Film Fleadh are up, eating octopus is down

 Maggie Nelson: The fact that so many writers cite her as an eye-opening inspiration pleases her greatly

Nelson’s empathy and the beauty of her unpredictable, compelling writing is a salve

Janelle Monáe: a tailspin of choreography and energy Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Review: Monáe is as inventive as she is exhilarating at her Trinity College concert

From the archive: The Great Depression didn’t stop diaspora posting parcels to their families

The LGBTQ community takes over the capital this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin Pride is up, wizard-themed cocktails and jargon job titles are down

Drone company Manna has announced it is partnering with Flipdish  with a view to fast-food drone delivery by the end of the year in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers will be crushed, clinging to the most precarious jobs

By 2007, journalists were already writing about privacy concerns surrounding Facebook. Photograph: iStock

From the archive: Attacks in Alabama started as a joke that got out of control

The success of the  Chernobyl mini series has driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the plant and the ghostly abandoned town of Prypyat. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Vegan sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee are up, Chernobyl selfies and sports sunglasses are down

The Euro Pride 2019 parade which took place in Vienna on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Discussions around Pride are now similar to those about Christmas

Varadkar’s letter about Bertie Ahern’s cabinet, aged 18

From the archive: Tone provides insight into future taoiseach’s development as a political animal

Brilliant: the Chernobyl series

Yes to Craig Mazin’s Chernobyl podcast but no to Trump’s Irish visit

Christopher Fettes, received a roll of honour  during the Green Party annual convention in Waterford in 2010. File Photograp: Dara Mac Dónaill

From the archive: Christopher Fettes advocated for vegetarianism, a basic wage, and against pollution

Teva sandals

Nerdy sandals and neon are up, election posters and manual cars are down

The most obnoxious proposal for Phoenix Park is to build large carparks, no matter what kind of language you shroud it in. Photograph: James Forde

Our capital must not be sacrificed as a brand catering to tourists and transient visitors

From the archive: The public was superficially informed about what was going on behind closed doors

Saoirse McHugh. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Forbidden Fruit after-parties are up, Moby and in-flight wifi are down

I have wondered what kind of week Maria Bailey is really having. I’m not sure how someone could cope under such a relentless media pile on

Wincing at Theresa May crying doesn’t make you a Tory, it makes you human

SO image Una oped 27/05/2019

Women, young people and serious candidates with some big ideas connected

Violet Gibson, daughter of the first Lord Ashbourne, of Co Meath, who wounded Signor Mussolini with a revolver in Rome.

The Times We Lived In: Published Thursday, April 8th, 1926

Andrew Scott, who played the role of the ‘hot priest’ in season two of Fleabag, will star in the new series of Black Mirror. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

Andrew Scott and the Dublin Flea are up, smoothies and podcast ramblers are down

There was a broad range of age groups at the Raise the Roof housing protest in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The solutions to this crisis are staring Fine Gael in the face. Build more social housing. Build more affordable homes

The Times We Lived In: Published Thursday, September 9th, 1971 

Olivia Wilde has made her directorial debut with Booksmart. Photograph: Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Olivia Wilde, with her directorial debut, is up; the Eurovision is down

Carnations left in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, representing the approximately 3,000 abortions carried out in the US every day. Anti-abortion groups have targeted the landmark Roe v Wade decision of 46 years ago. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

In the US, women’s right to choose is under threat as anti-abortion groups gain power

Panti Bliss in Thisispopbaby’s Riot globetrotting cabaret show. Photograph: Ian Douglas

Two new productions mirror disturbances at the Abbey over The Playboy in 1907

Doireann Garrihy is set to co-present 2fm’s new breakfast show with Eoghan McDermott. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Oversized raincoats and 2fm are up; co-living buildings are down

“Figures such as Nigel Farage delight in debasing political rhetoric, in gaslighting, in lying.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

People need to take action to halt rise of right with Brexit party likely to top poll

The rooftops of  Drumcondra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Corporation cleaned the city streets by sweeping mud from the road into ‘long ridges’

Mocktails: Would be great if the price could match the low alcohol content. Photograph: iStock

White jeans and fraudertainment are up, scissors as cutlery and dear mocktails are down

As tech hyperbole increasingly intersects with New Age thinking, a dose of reality may spoil the party.

Theranos scandal proves that tech start-ups must be exposed to tight peer review

Queen Victoria: the longest-serving British monarch until Queen Elizabeth II

The Irish Times’s usual reserved style went out the window for the queen’s visit in 1900

Cafes are still piling on the whipped cream and sugar accessories for desserts made purely for Instagram. Photograph: iStock

Recyclable trainers and mezcal are up, headbands and overdone desserts are down

Frank Tate in his Dublin workshop. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Frank Tate has made instruments for Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran and Donal Lunny

Graffiti amended to read “IRA are done. Defeated Army” instead of “IRA undefeated Army” in the Creggan area of Derry in Northern Ireland.  Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP

Lyra McKee is a post-Troubles role model for optimism, integrity and goodness

The headline on the report by Alison O’Connor about an earthquake in Clonmany, Co Donegal, in 1994.

From the archives: Leannan fault line travels down through Lough Foyle and Donegal Bay

Beyoncé documentary: watch it on repeat. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella

Beyoncé and Spätzle are up, Bret Easton Ellis and ankle bracelets are down

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