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  Lisa Simpson as US president. On her first day, she informs her new cabinet that they may have to raise taxes due to a fiscal hole left by her predecessor, President Trump.

Back in the year 2000 – a far more innocent time – an episode of The Simpsons projected a future where Lisa Simpson becomes the US president. On her f(...)

Actionpoint’s clients include the Department of Foreign Affairs, for whom it built the Republic’s passport renewal system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Actionpoint, the technology company that built the Republic’s passport renewal system, has bought rival P2V in a move that will boost turnover by a th(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds on stage at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“Bin the backstop,” said Nigel Dodds. “Junk the backstop,” said Boris Johnson. That in a nutshell was what the DUP’s annual conference was about in r(...)

 Giana Ferguson,  of Gubbeen Cheese, has lived in west Cork for more than 40 years and is concerned   about the impact of border controls. Photograph: Emma Jervis Photography

Standing in the dairy of her 250-acre coastal farm in west Cork, Gubbeen founder Giana Ferguson ponders the future and, like so many other food produc(...)

The bottom line from the unseen agreement, said Sammy Wilson, was that Northern Ireland was going to be treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom. Above, speaking  at the ‘Leave Means Rally’  in Bournemouth, England, last month. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The initial DUP response to the proposed Brexit deal could be characterised as a play on a famous Bill Clinton election slogan, “It’s the union, stupi(...)

Each piece in Wone’s first, all-black collection was numbered like a limited-edition lithograph. They have all sold out. Photograph: Luke Wooden

First there were the impossible-to-get-into $40 exercise classes. Then came $365 foam rollers and $1,000 yoga mats. And now: $320 workout tights you b(...)

 UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond holds the red Budget box  on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

It’s only the day after the budget that the full extent of a chancellor’s generosity – or stinginess – tends to become apparent, once the number crunc(...)

Menstrual cup: the American actor Leona Chalmers patented the first one, in 1937. Photograph: iStock/Getty

What would happen if men had periods and women did not? If men menstruated, the feminist Gloria Steinem suggested in a famous essay published 40 years(...)

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