John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Bikers working for food-delivery service Deliveroo enter a restaurant to pick up meals they will deliver in Paris. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Digital platforms that use crowdsourcing to get the people they need to provide services such as riding, sharing and food delivery have proliferated o(...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster posing for a portrait at her party’s headquarters a day after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Surrounded by DUP delegates as they sang “Arlene’s on fire” up on stage with their new heroine at their party conference in Belfast last October, Demo(...)

Many surnames have been around for centuries. Photograph: Tetra Images/Getty

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asked as she and Romeo tried to puzzle their way around the troubling problem of their warring families. Well, plenty, the (...)

Christopher Marlowe: collaborated with Shakespeare

The long-held suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was William Shakespeare is now widely dismissed, along with other authorship theories. But Marlowe i(...)

For Roald Dahl, language was a bendy business, including inventing an entire vocabulary, gobblefunk, for his Big Friendly Giant. Illustration: Quentin Blake courtesy of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate

Can you tell a snozzcumber from a snozzwanger? What would you say to a quogwinkle? And have you ever been (even a tiny bit) biffsquiggled? For the (...)

 People attend a funeral of Omer Can Katar who was killed in a coup attempt on 16 july, at Fatih Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July 2016. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

What happens in Turkey matters. It is a G20 economy in a sensitive part of the world, sharing borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria. Turkey is an asset to(...)

President Patrick Hillery, acting on the then government’s advice, commuted the sentences of the last men sentenced to death in Ireland to 40 years penal servitude. Photograph: Pat Langan

The last men sentenced to death in Ireland were both released late last year. Michael McHugh and Noel Callan murdered Patrick Morrissey, an unarmed G(...)

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