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Pandemic aside, the year was good to some, and not so good to others Good year: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ard(...)

Portrait of Bernard O’Dowd by Will Rowell (circa 1930). The National Library  of Australia

Bernard O’Dowd was Australia’s first national poet. This son of Catholic immigrants from Ulster was born in Australia in 1866. Described as “a radical(...)

Brian Coll made his name as a solo singer and as the frontman of such well-known Irish showbands as the Plattermen and the Buckaroos.

The death has occurred of Brian Coll, a stalwart of the Irish country music scene for the last 60 years. Coll (79) died from a heart attack at his h(...)

The remains of Workers’ Party activist Seán Garland arrive for his funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séan Garland was “a giant of the left in Ireland”, Workers’ Party ard comhairle member Mickey McCorry said at a memorial service in Dublin’s Glasnevin(...)

Debenhams has 11 stores in the Republic.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Debenhams rushed out a trading statement on Monday to reassure investors after a sharp share price fall triggered by reports it was considering a fina(...)

Trading volumes were thin on the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and an early close on Friday. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares slipped after two days of gains on Wednesday, led by the Dax, which was hit by a bounce in the euro as well as deadlock in attempts to(...)

A statue of Robert E Lee is removed from  a 70ft column at a prominent traffic circle in New Orleans, May 19th, 2017. Opposition to the removal of the statue and three others symbolic of the Confederacy has been intense; the state legislature passed a law in an attempt to thwart the removals, and contractors involved have been threatened. Photograph: Edmund D Fountain/New York Times

The easy-listening white supremacists who surged out of the shadows during the presidential campaign are no less dangerous than their white power surv(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference regarding issues on undocumented immigrants in Beverly Hills, California, last year. Trump has vowed to end the H-1B visa programme, which many tech companies rely on to hire highly-skilled workers from abroad. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

The prospect of a President Donald Trump is rattling Silicon Valley – even if his fellow Republicans can’t find any trace of his campaign there. The (...)

Raymond Carver called it “smoked-glass prose”, writing that is blurry or not clear in sentiment. It is the downfall of many novice writers, and som(...)

An attendee at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference walks past the Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo in Chicago. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Hewlett-Packard, which is splitting into two listed companies later this year, said it expects to cut another 25,000 to 30,000 jobs in its enterprise (...)

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