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 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘The decision to downgrade history in our secondary schools and to make it a non-compulsory subject [at Junior Cert level] was short-sighted and quite frankly ill-considered.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested British children should be compulsorily taught Irish history to combat the “sheer ignorance” in the UK exp(...)

John Bruton: ‘I think the DUP veto wouldn’t apply, essentially (if they took their seats),’ he said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin could have “neutralised” the Democratic Unionist Party’s crucial veto on the outcome of Brexit by taking their seats at Westminster, former (...)

Anna Burns, author of 'Milkman'. Photograph: Eleni Stefanou

The success of Anna Burns’s Milkman is quite something. Since winning the £50,000 Man Booker Prize, sales have gone through the roof, far beyond expec(...)

Otherworldly villains:  A Boris Johnson impersonator walks alongside Jacob Rees-Mogg. Leavers had a powerful, emotionally resonant issue: immigration. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls

Brexit is the ultimate tragi-comedy – a high-stakes drama that we all know will end badly, with a protagonist (the UK) undone by his own flaws and an (...)

South Quay Buildings is a recently built mixed-use property finished to Grade A spec throughout.

First-floor office space and six car-parking spaces in a modern block close to the centre of Drogheda, Co Louth, are on the letting market at €96,000 (...)

Negotiations collapsed after the NUJ said INM offered a one per cent pay increase, proposed to eradicate acting up allowances, and demanded all minimum pay levels be removed from the existing collective agreement

Journalists at the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life newspapers are to vote on industrial action after “the latest derisory offer from the company has(...)

Panto review: Jack and the Beanstalk
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  • December 10, 2018, 11:27

Jack and the Beanstalk ★★★★ Grand Opera House, Belfast Any attempt on a radical new version of the centuries-old tale of Jack the Giant-Killer is s(...)

Women queuing to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“The political wiseacres are busy prophesying a General Election before Xmas. It will mean an anxious time for the party politicians of every school, (...)

Ukip and pro-Brexit supporters in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

All versions of Brexit will leave the UK poorer. So said UK chancellor Philip Hammond as he attempted to sell what Theresa May sees as the least painf(...)

Image courtesy of the National Print Museum

A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Eric Hobsbawm, the late eminent left-wing historian, and took the opportunity to ask him what he belie(...)

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